Engineering Design of Advanced H2 CO2 PD and PD/Alloy Composite Membrane Separations and Process Intensification Email Page
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Performer:  Worcester Polytechnic Institute Location:  Worcester, Massachusetts
Project Duration:  10/01/2010 – 03/31/2016 Award Number:  FE0004895
Technology Area:  Gasification Systems Total Award Value:  $6,748,336
Key Technology:  Novel Technologies to Advance Conventional Gasification DOE Share:  $5,269,062
Performer Share:  $1,479,273

Setup for testing pre-engineering/pilot scale membranes. Source: WPI
Setup for testing pre-engineering/pilot scale membranes. Source: WPI

Project Description

Worcester Polytechnic Institute will demonstrate hydrogen separation from coal-derived syngas using palladium (Pd) and Pd alloy membranes on porous metal supports. The goal of the project is to carry out a comprehensive engineering design for advanced hydrogen-carbon dioxide (H2-CO2) Pd and Pd-alloy composite membrane separations with process intensification technologies that reduce the number of unit operations required for H2 production from a coal (coal-biomass)-based syngas.

Project Benefits

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute hydrogen transport membrane (HTM) project targets improvements in H2-CO2 separation membrane characteristics, including higher permeability, higher selectivity, and lower membrane cost. Specifically, the project will include R&D in improved membrane design, leading to the demonstration testing of the process at the pre-engineering/pilot scale of 2 lbs/day of H2. Increased efficiency and directly resulting cost reductions come by operating the transport membranes at higher temperature (in combination with warm gas cleanup technology being developed). HTM technology will be versatile, applicable to both integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) with over 90% carbon capture, and having the ability to make chemical grade H2 for liquid fuel, chemicals synthesis, and polygeneration applications.

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Federal Project Manager Steven Markovich:
Technology Manager K David Lyons:
Principal Investigator Yi Ma: