High Performance Membrane for Chlor-Alkali Electrolysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85403
Agency Tracking Number: 90280
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 12 a
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
Giner Electrochemical Systems, Llc
89 Rumford Aveue, Newton, MA, 02466
DUNS: 157030656
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Han Liu
 Dr.
 (781) 529-0531
 hliu@ginerinc.com
Business Contact
 Anthony Vaccaro
Title: Dr.
Phone: (781) 529-0504
Email: avaccaro@ginerinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Currently, chlor-alkali and other electrolytic processes consume more than 6% of the total US electrical generating capacity. With chlorine production of approximately 14 million metric tons in 2004, chlor-alkali is the third most energy intensive process among all U.S. chemical industries. As electrical power accounts for 32 to 39% of chlor-alkali¿s total production costs, efficiency improvements would reduce production costs, decrease national energy consumption, and enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. chlor-alkali industry. This project will develop a novel, dimensionally stable ionomer membrane that offers high ionic conductivity, good ion exclusion capability, and excellent mechanical properties. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: If the concept is proven successful, energy savings on the order of hundreds of billions of watt-hours per year can be realized without changing existing hardware or operating schemes. By creating demand and demonstrating utility in the existing chlor-alkali market, the new manufacturing technology would be at-the-ready for use in the impending hydrogen economy.

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