Membranes for Gasoline Fuel Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-07-M-0124
Agency Tracking Number: N063-184-0010
Amount: $69,983.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-184
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
DUNS: 112716311
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Zhenjie He
 Research Scientist
 (650) 543-3352
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Weiss
Title: Government Contracts Mana
Phone: (650) 543-3378
Research Institution
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) proposes to develop small, automated membrane systems that will remove oxygen from the air space in gasoline storage tanks and simultaneously recover any gasoline vapors from the vest gas emitted from these tanks. By maintaining the air space at a low oxygen concentration and at a slight sub-atmospheric pressure (0.5 - 2 inches of water) the risk of fire caused by vapor leaking from a tank or sparking in a tank is much reduced. The U.S. EPA estimates that 0.25% of volatile fuels are lost as air emissions during fuel transfer operations. By recovering the bulk of these vapors, the membrane system will cover its cost after a few years' operation while simultaneously enhancing the tank's safety. In the Phase I program, the properties of the membranes required will be measured. This data will be used to design a prototype system to be built and demonstrated in the Phase II program.

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