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
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1013719
Award Id:
99069
Agency Tracking Number:
1013719
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
BT6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1155 WILLIAM PITT WAY, PITTSBURGH, PA, 15238
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
802071662
Principal Investigator:
PaulLiu
MIS
(412) 826-3711
pliu@mediaandprocess.com
Business Contact:
PaulLiu
MIS
(412) 826-3711
pliu@mediaandprocess.com
Research Institute:
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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