Energy-Efficient Process to Utilize Dilute Methane Emissions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84609
Agency Tracking Number: 80645S06-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: 13
Solitcitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
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
 Tim Merkel
 (650) 328-2228
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Weiss
Title: Ms.
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Research Institution
Methane gas, a valuable energy resource, is the second-largest human-caused contributor to global warming, representing about 10% of total U.S. global-warming emissions. Substantial amounts are vented as carbon dioxide/methane mixtures from landfills and natural gas processing plants. This gas is vented because it is too dilute to burn. This project will develop a low-cost process to convert dilute methane-emission streams into useful fuel. In particular, the project will focus on emissions for which methane is mixed with carbon dioxide. Such mixtures are commonly produced and vented in natural gas processing and landfill operations, and represent more than half of total methane emissions. In Phase I, innovative membranes and module designs will be tested with model dilute methane mixtures. A technical and economic analysis will be performed to demonstrate that the process is low cost and energy efficient. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: A process that converts methane emissions into a useful fuel in a cost-effective manner should be applicable to a diverse group of dilute methane-enriched emission streams, including those generated in landfills and natural gas processing.

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