Novel Configurations for Low-Cost Large-Area Membrane Modules

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84244
Agency Tracking Number: 79661S05-I
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 19 d
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-04ER04-33
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology And Research, Inc. (mtr)
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hans Wijmans
 Dr.
 (650) 328-2228
 wijmans@mtrinc.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Weiss
Title: Ms.
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Email: egweiss@mtrinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
79661S The costs of gas separation and pervaporation membrane processes are high because of the large number of pressure vessels, pipes, flanges and valves required for these plants. This project will develop a low-cost membrane module configuration that is expected to reduce installed module costs by a factor of two. This dramatic reduction in system capital cost will significantly change the competitiveness of gas separation and pervaporation technology in a number of important applications. Phase I will design the membrane module configuration. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane module configuration should be widely applicable to gas and pervaporation separation operations. Initial applications are expected to include the separation of nitrogen from low-quality natural gas streams and the separatation of ethanol from fermentation broth by pervaporation in the production of bioethanol.

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