SBIR Phase I:Biogas Upgrading via An Innovative Membrane Designed for Small Scale, Low Pressure Streams with Bulk Contaminants

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$150,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
1013719
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
NSF 09-609
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
1013719
Solicitation Topic Code:
BC
Small Business Information
M&P
1155 WILLIAM PITT WAY, PITTSBURGH, PA, 15238
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Duns:
802071662
Principal Investigator
 Paul Liu
 MIS
 (412) 826-3711
 pliu@mediaandprocess.com
Business Contact
 Paul Liu
Title: MIS
Phone: (412) 826-3711
Email: pliu@mediaandprocess.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This SBIR Phase I project will develop a method that utilizes a carbon based adsorptive surface flow membrane to perform continuous concentration of methane from raw bio-gas from large animal feed operations. The membrane can upgrade biogas at 40 to 65% CH4 to 90%+ CH4 with <10% CO2 at minimal/no pre-compression. Then, the upgraded methane can be used to generate pipeline quality methane, to produce peak time electrical power from on-site gas storage tanks for resale to the grid and/or to generate power or heat for in-house use. The resulting methane can be used on site, supplied via pipeline after being pressurized, or be feed to an on site electrical generating plant. The broader/commercial impact of the project will be first to reduce the release of the greenhouse gas methane, second to produce a stream of high quality natural gas at a theoretically lower cost than competing technologies.

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