Nickel-Based Amorphous Metal Membranes for Water Gas Shift Reactors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$99,986.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
94671
Solicitation Topic Code:
10 c
Small Business Information
Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place, Rockledge, FL, 32955
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
175302579
Principal Investigator
 Alan Brothers
 Dr.
 (321) 631-3550
 abrothers@mainstream-engr.com
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Title: Mr.
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Email: mar@mainstream-engr.com
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Mandy Wilcox
 12201 Research Parkway
Suite 501
Orlando, FL, 32826-3246
 (407) 823-5147
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Hydrogen produced today from coal, natural gas, or biomass must be separated and purified outside the reactors using pressure swing absorption (PSA), a process that requires significant additional space and energy. Placing hydrogen-permeable membranes inside the reactors themselves would allow hydrogen to diffuse out, thereby reducing the cost of hydrogen production. In this Phase I effort, Mainstream will demonstrate an innovative new metal membrane for use inside of high-temperature water gas shift membrane reactors. By removing hydrogen continuously as it forms inside these reactors, this new membrane eliminates the need for bulky and expensive downstream pressure swing adsorption purifiers. Specific details on this membrane are included in the proprietary section of the proposal. This approach not only streamlines reformer and gasifier-based hydrogen production, it dramatically lowers the overall cost of hydrogen production. The resulting cost and energy savings would help the domestic natural gas, coal, and biomass industries and move the U.S. closer to the DOE

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