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Molino A.,ENEA | Nanna F.,ENEA | Ding Y.,Porogen Corporation | Bikson B.,Porogen Corporation | Braccio G.,ENEA
Fuel | Year: 2013

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a biological process that takes place naturally when bacteria break down organic matter in environments with or without oxygen. Controlled anaerobic digestion of organic waste in enclosed landfill will generate methane. Almost any organic material can be processed with AD, including waste paper and cardboard (of a grade that is too low to recycle because of food contamination), grass clippings, leftover food, industrial effluents, sewage and animal waste. AD produces biogas which is comprised of around 60% methane (CH4) and 40% carbon dioxide (CO2). This biogas can be used to generate heat or electricity and/or can be used as a vehicular fuel. If the intended use is for power generation the biogas must be scrubbed to remove a number of impurities. After conditioning the biogas can be used for onsite power generation, to heat homes or can be added to the national natural gas grid. In recent years several research groups have shown the possibility of upgrading the biogas for biomethane production [1]. This study will show the feasibility of integrating anaerobic digestion plant with onsite polymeric membrane purification system for conditioned biomethane production. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Molino A.,ENEA | Migliori M.,University of Calabria | Ding Y.,Porogen Corporation | Bikson B.,Porogen Corporation | And 2 more authors.
Fuel | Year: 2013

The paper show the techno economical indications for the upgrading process started from biogas with the scope to produce biomethane for the grid injection and delivered to households and industry or alternatively, it can be used as a fuel for CNG-vehicles. The present work give the numerical simulation with a commercial polymeric membrane, PEEK-SEP™ hollow fiber membranes of the PoroGen Corporation, a US based company that specializes in industrial separation process. The membrane, for the numerical simulation, was fueled with methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and nitrogen with a composition similar to the real biogas derived from anaerobic digestion of the organic waste. This study will show the feasibility of integrating anaerobic digestion plant with on site polymeric membrane purification system for conditioned biomethane production. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Bikson B.,Porogen Corporation
Filtration and Separation | Year: 2015

Air Liquide has purchased PoroGen Corp, a manufacturer of porous polymeric membranes for the oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals, energy, power generation, and aerospace industries. Based on polyether ether ketone membrane materials, the PoroGen product line has several applications, including gas separation, gas/liquid transfer, hybrid absorption, nanofiltration, and microfiltration. PoroGen membrane technology complements Air Liquide's MEDAL line of polymeric membranes. According to PoroGen, combining PoroGen and MEDAL technology platforms affords unique synergies and value creation for customers, company employees and shareholders.


Grant
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.00M | Year: 2010

Most heat exchangers utilized in process industries are made from metals. These heat exchangers are bulky, heavy, subject to corrosion and microbiological fouling which leads to reduction in performance and increase in cost. The plastic heat exchangers can alleviate some of these problems. However, commercial plastic heat exchangers are less efficient and have a limited operating temperature range. The availability of light weight, compact, corrosion resistant, efficient heat exchanger is particularly important for process industries and the transportation sector. In phase 1 of the project, PoroGen Corporation has demonstrated the technical and economical feasibility of developing compact polymeric heat exchanger from an advanced engineering polymer poly (ether ether ketone), PEEK. The PEEK heat exchanger exhibits high temperature operating capability, superior heat transfer efficiency, light weight, durability, and contaminant and corrosion resistance. In Phase 2 of the program the heat transfer efficiency will be further optimized, commercial size heat exchanger will be designed, constructed and tested for transportation sector applications. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Compact lightweight PEEK heat exchanger will be deployed in transportation sector, aviation and automobile industries, as cabin air coolers, filter coolers and radiators. In aviation PEEK heat exchangers will be used in a) cabin heating (all occupied regions and windshield heating); b) wing and empennage anti-icing; c) engine and accessory heating (when heater is installed as part of the aircraft); d) aircraft de-icing; e) cabin air conditioning; f) cooling electronic equipment and cooling compressed air directed into On Board Inert Gas Generation Systems (OBIGGS). The wide adaptation of PEEK heat exchangers will provide significant energy savings for the transportation sector where weight reduction translates directly into fuel saving. Additional market opportunities for polymeric heat exchanger include applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, with eventual integration into generic process equipment such as condensing boilers and refrigeration plants.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 409.58K | Year: 2011

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop a novel membrane for a broad spectrum of hydrocarbon separations. The initial focus of the project is the development of a selective membrane for efficient separation of hydrocarbons from methane in natural gas processing and separation of hydrocarbons from hydrogen in refinery applications. The chemically robust polymeric membrane will be of a composite configuration comprised of a hollow fiber porous support with a superimposed several hundred angstroms thick separation layer. The nano-structured morphology of the separation layer will enable selective fractionation of hydrocarbon molecules.

The broader/commercial impact of this project is the reduction of energy consumption currently used in separation and purification of hydrocarbons found in oil and gas. In addition, if successful, petrochemical industries will reduce emissions of green house gases, including methane and carbon dioxide. The membrane will effect molecular level separation of hydrocarbons and will be capable of operation in harsh environments and at high temperatures. The initial market for this technology is the recovery of natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids from the associated natural gas in remote geographic locations (gas generated during oil production) that is currently flared. Development of the proposed technology will enable recovery of the methane and high value hydrocarbons at the well with extensive economic and environmental benefits. The membrane is expected to find further utility in high value gas and liquid separation applications including hydrogen recovery from refinery fuel gas, olefin/paraffin separation, and generic hydrocarbon fractionation.


Grant
Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 409.58K | Year: 2011

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project proposes to develop a novel membrane for a broad spectrum of hydrocarbon separations. The initial focus of the project is the development of a selective membrane for efficient separation of hydrocarbons from methane in natural gas processing and separation of hydrocarbons from hydrogen in refinery applications. The chemically robust polymeric membrane will be of a composite configuration comprised of a hollow fiber porous support with a superimposed several hundred angstroms thick separation layer. The nano-structured morphology of the separation layer will enable selective fractionation of hydrocarbon molecules. The broader/commercial impact of this project is the reduction of energy consumption currently used in separation and purification of hydrocarbons found in oil and gas. In addition, if successful, petrochemical industries will reduce emissions of green house gases, including methane and carbon dioxide. The membrane will effect molecular level separation of hydrocarbons and will be capable of operation in harsh environments and at high temperatures. The initial market for this technology is the recovery of natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids from the associated natural gas in remote geographic locations (gas generated during oil production) that is currently flared. Development of the proposed technology will enable recovery of the methane and high value hydrocarbons at the well with extensive economic and environmental benefits. The membrane is expected to find further utility in high value gas and liquid separation applications including hydrogen recovery from refinery fuel gas, olefin/paraffin separation, and generic hydrocarbon fractionation.


Grant
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2010

Most heat exchangers utilized in process industries are made of metals. These heat exchangers are balky, heavy, subject to corrosion, oxidation and microbiological fouling which leads to reduction in performance and increase in cost. The plastic heat exchangers can alleviate some of these problems. However, the commercial plastic heat exchangers are less efficient and have limited operating temperature range. The availability of light weight, compact, corrosion resistant, efficient heat exchanger is particularly important for process industries and transportation sectors. PoroGen Corporation is proposing to develop and demonstrate an advanced all polymeric composite heat exchanger for industrial applications and the transportation sector. The heat exchanger will be constructed from advanced engineering polymer poly (ether ether ketone), PEEK, The advanced polymeric heat exchanger will exhibit advantages of high temperature operating capability, superior heat transfer efficiency, light weight, durability, and contaminant and corrosion resistance. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Utilization of the compact lightweight heat exchanger in transportation sector, aviation and automobile industries, as cabin air coolers, filter coolers and radiators will provide large fuel savings and reduce operating cost. Additional market opportunities for polymeric heat exchanger include applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, with possible integration into generic process equipment such as condensing boilers and refrigeration plants.


Grant
Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 200.00K | Year: 2010

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will develop a novel membrane for hydrocarbon separations. The initial focus of the project is the development of a selective membrane for efficient separation of hydrocarbons from methane in natural gas processing and separation of hydrocarbons from hydrogen in refinery applications. The chemically robust polymeric membrane will be of a composite configuration comprised of a hollow fiber porous support with a superimposed separation layer that is several hundred angstroms thick. The nano-structured morphology of the separation layer will enable selective fractionation of hydrocarbon molecules. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will be reduced energy consumption in separation and purification of hydrocarbons in oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. The environmental benefit is the associated reduction in emissions of green house gases methane and carbon dioxide. The technology will effect molecular level separation of hydrocarbons and will be capable of operation in harsh environments and high temperatures. A large initial market with an immediate impact for hydrocarbon selective membrane technology is the recovery of natural gas and hydrocarbon liquids from associated natural gas (gas generated during oil production) currently flared at remote geographic locations. Development of the proposed technology will enable recovery of the methane and high value hydrocarbons at the well with extensive economic and environmental benefits. The membrane is expected to find broad utility in high value gas and liquid separation applications including hydrogen recovery from refinery fuel gas, olefin/paraffin separation and generic hydrocarbon fractionation.


Patent
Porogen Corporation | Date: 2010-12-28

Composite porous hydrophobic membranes are prepared by forming a perfluorohydrocarbon layer on the surface of a preformed porous polymeric substrate. The substrate can be formed from poly(aryl ether ketone) and a perfluorohydrocarbon layer can be chemically grafted to the surface of the substrate. The membranes can be utilized for a broad range of fluid separations, such as microfiltration, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration as membrane contactors for membrane distillation and for degassing and dewatering of fluids. The membranes can further contain a dense ultra-thin perfluorohydrocarbon layer superimposed on the porous poly(aryl ether ketone) substrate and can be utilized as membrane contactors or as gas separation. membranes for natural gas treatment and gas dehydration.


Patent
Porogen Corporation | Date: 2013-12-05

In an embodiment there is provided a fluid separation assembly. The assembly has a hollow fiber bundle with a plurality of hollow fiber membranes. The assembly further has a first tubesheet and a second tubesheet encapsulating respective ends of the hollow fiber bundle, wherein one of the tubesheets has a plurality of radial through openings formed in the tubesheet. The assembly further has a housing surrounding the hollow fiber bundle and the first and second tubesheets, the housing having a feed inlet port, a permeate outlet port, and a non-permeate outlet port. The feed gas, permeate gas, or non-permeate gas are introduced into or removed from the hollow fiber membranes via the plurality of radial through openings formed in the tubesheet, such that the radial through openings of the tubesheet intersect each or substantially each of the hollow fiber membranes.

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