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H2 Production from Coal, Using Syn-Gas Depolarized Steam Electronics Membranes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER86286
Agency Tracking Number: 80943T06-I
Amount: $99,975.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 33
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
28 Lake Ridge Club Drive, Burr Ridge, IL, 60527
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Estela Ong
 (847) 768-0450
Business Contact
 Robert Rosenberg
Title: Dr.
Phone: (630) 654-1163
Research Institution
 Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
 Gardner C Hodge
 1700 South Mount Prospect Road
Des Plaines, IL, 60018
 (847) 768-0975
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The production of hydrogen, especially pure hydrogen, from fossil fuels and other organic sources is undesirably costly, and purifying the hydrogen is a major cost element. Low-cost durable membranes, with functionality to carry out the water-gas shift reaction, could reduce the cost of coal gasification plants by 25% or more. This project will establish mixed oxide-ion and electron-conducting membranes as promising candidates for the production of hydrogen from syn-gas. The new membranes will provide: (1) stability in the presence of syn-gas components; (2) stability on the sweep-gas side, with practical sweep concentrations and flow rates; and (3) sufficient flux to assure cost-competitive performance under the challenging operating conditions of coal gasifiers. Phase I will demonstrate that oxide-conducting membranes have adequate chemical and micro-structural stability and flux for low-cost bulk hydrogen production from syn-gas. The membranes will be fabricated and tested to verify adequate hydrogen flux and membrane stability at bench-scale. In addition, , the membrane will be analyzed for microstructure changes, and the results will be correlated with performance. Finally, the catalytic activity of the membrane for the water-gas shift reaction will be determined. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane should have significantly more chemical and physical stability in the presence of coal-derived gas than competing membranes, providing performance and cost advantages compared to other membranes and to pressure-swing absorption processes. In addition, the membrane would produce a highly-concentrated, carbon dioxide product stream, enabling inexpensive capture for sequestration.

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