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Performer: Western Research Institute
Sorbent-Based Oxygen Process
Sorbent-Based Oxygen Process
Website: dba Western Research Institute
Award Number: FE0024075
Project Duration: 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016
Total Award Value: $1,100,000
DOE Share: $500,000
Performer Share: $600,000
Technology Area: Gasification Systems
Key Technology: Air Separation
Location: Laramie, Wyoming

Project Description

The University of Wyoming Research Corporation dba Western Research institute (WRI), along with LP Amina, Inc., Arizona State University, and New Mexico State University, will develop a high-temperature sorbent-based oxygen production technology. The objectives of the project are to develop and characterize an improved sorbent based on mixed conducting metal-oxide ceramic materials, design and build a bench-scale process to test the robustness of the materials, and evaluate sorbent performance as a function of operational parameters. Arizona State will optimize the properties of new perovskite ceramic sorbent materials; New Mexico State will support the optimization process with bench-scale testing. WRI will perform cyclic pressure swing adsorption experiments leading up to engineering development of the sorbent based oxygen production technology, and LP Amina is the commercial partner.

Project Benefits

The WRI’s development of the technology with new sorbent materials will potentially lead to reductions of capital cost and parasitic load of air separation systems compared to those of currently available cryogenic air separation technology. By developing a more efficient and stable, higher sorption capacity, newer class of materials operating at lower temperatures, this process represents advancement in air separation technology.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Arun Bose: arun.bose@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager K David Lyons: k.lyons@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Vijay K. Sethi: vsethi@uwyo.edu

 

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