Project No: FC26-05NT42469
Performer: Eltron Research & Development Inc.
Jenny Tennant Technology Manager National Energy Technology Laboratory 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O. Box 880, MS B17 Morgantown, WV 26507-0880 (304) 285-4830 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vito Cedro III Project Manager National Energy Technology Laboratory 626 Cochrans Mill Road P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940 (412) 386-7406 email@example.com
Steve Beck Principal Investigator Eltron Research Inc. 4600 Nautilus Court South Boulder, CO 80301-3241 (303) 530-0263 firstname.lastname@example.org
DOE Share: $22,060,054.00
Performer Share: $3,146,942.00
Total Award Value: $25,206,996.00
Performer website: Eltron Research & Development Inc. - http://www.eltronresearch.com/
Eltron hydrogen transport membrane (HTM) technology uses composite metal alloy materials for separating hydrogen (H2) at practical rates from coal-derived synthesis gas (syngas), which is a mixture of H2, carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and steam. Carbon dioxide on the feed side of the membrane remains at high pressure and in a concentrated form suitable for capture and re-use or storage. The Eltron HTM system is an enabling module for the production of high purity H2 and the capture of CO2 at high pressure, which is applicable to future integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and central station H2 production plants. These novel membranes have an operating temperature of 280 to 440 degrees Celsius (°C), which is well-matched with emerging coal gas cleaning technologies and can significantly improve the overall efficiency and process economics for future gasification-based power, fuels, and chemical production plants. Eltron’s membranes can withstand high differential pressures of up to 1,000 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) without structural failure, allowing for successful integration into advanced high-pressure coal gasification plants.
Program Background and Project Benefits
Project Scope and Technology Readiness Level
The project will develop and scale up the HTM technology to cost-effectively separate H2 from shifted coal-derived syngas at practical rates and retain CO2 at high pressure, up to 1,000 psig, to minimize capital and compression costs for carbon capture and storage (CCS) applications. The HTMs are capable of producing pure H2 at temperatures that approach commercial water gas shift (WGS) reaction conditions, thus allowing process intensification via integrated reaction-separation system, with the potential to significantly improve the cost and efficiency of relevant industrial applications. The project will ready the HTM technology for early commercial deployment by accelerating the construction and test schedule of a 250-lbs/day process development unit (PDU) scale H2 separation module and, in parallel, continue activities for a 4- to 10-ton/day pre-commercial module (PCM). These efforts will significantly accelerate the design, construction, and operation of the prototype PCM and provide a head start on analyses of cost, performance, and engineering data for future integrated clean energy systems, as well as accelerating the transfer of an enabling technology to the manufacturing sector. The project scope includes the site selection, design, construction, and operation of a nominally 4 to 10 ton/day pre-commercial module H2 separation membrane system.
The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) assessment identifies the current state of readiness of the key technologies being developed under the DOE’s Clean Coal Research Program. In FY 12, this project was assessed a TRL of 4.
The TRL assessment process and its results including definition and description of the levels may be found in the "2012 Technology Readiness Assessment-Analysis of Active Research Portfolio".