Scale-up of Membranes for Separation of Hydrogen From Syngas for Carbon Capture

Monday, October 17, 2011: 8:55 AM
Marquette II (Hilton Minneapolis)
David H. Anderson, Carl R. Evenson, John D. Faull, Darcie D. Bailey and Doug S. Jack, Eltron Research & Development, Inc., Boulder, CO

In partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Eastman Chemical Company, Eltron Research & Development Inc. is developing a process technology that separates hydrogen from carbon dioxide in syngas, enabling clean power generation and carbon capture in coal-fired Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants.  The process is based on membranes that permeate pure hydrogen and retain the CO2 at high pressure to aid its eventual sequestration.  In addition, membrane separation can achieve nearly complete carbon capture depending on process configuration.   Scale-up is in progress for the membrane technology including pilot plant testing on coal-derived syngas.  The status of the scale-up steps and recent results of the testing will be presented.

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