Development of Low Cost Conducting Polymer for Electrostatic Precipitators

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,704.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-05ER86237
Award Id:
72329
Agency Tracking Number:
78513T05-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
141 West Xenia Ave., P.O. Box 579, Cedarville, OH, 45314
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Ronald Jacobsen
Dr.
(937) 766-2020
rljacobsen@apsci.com
Business Contact:
Max Lake
Mr.
(937) 766-2020
mllake@apsci.com
Research Institute:
Ohio University
M. K Alam
Center for Advanced Materials Processing
Athens, OH, 45701
(740) 593-1558
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
78513 The electrostatic precipitator (ESP) is a key technology for removing pollution from the flue gases generated by coal fired power plants. However, in these systems, the metal collection surfaces are extremely heavy, have high costs of installation, and are easily corroded. Polymer fabric collection surfaces have not been shown to be suffciently conductive to allow dry collection. This project will exploit a recent innovation, based on a synergistic effect between glass fiber and carbon nanofibers, that allows a conducting polymer composite to be made with very low nanofiber concentration. Extruded strands of this composite will be woven to create a conducting fabric collection surface for dry ESP operation. In Phase I, carbon nanofibers will be optimized for various polymer matrices and blended into the polymer along with glass fibers for extrusion into strands. Fabrics woven from these strands will be characterized and evaluated. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Dry fabric ESPs should find application in coal fired power plants, where they will reduce costs compared to metal ESPs, reduce water consumption, and simplify handling of the waste stream as compared with wet fabric ESPs.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government