2012-2013

WPI Receives Major Awards From Department of Energy to Develop Membrane Technology

WPI’s Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, under the leadership of Yi Hua Ma, James B. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering, has received two major awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance WPI’s patented palladium membrane technology for separating hydrogen from various gases.

WPI’s Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, under the leadership of Yi Hua Ma, James B. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering, has received two major awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to advance WPI’s patented palladium membrane technology for separating hydrogen from various gases. The first award, a $1.5 million, 15-month grant, funded a project that sought to demonstrate that WPI’s membranes can lower the cost of generating electricity with advanced coal gasification systems while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions by isolating the carbon dioxide produced by coal gas combustion. The goal of that project was to develop and pilot test a membrane system using simulated coal gas, producing two pounds of hydrogen per day.

Having successfully completed that Phase 1 contract, Ma and the center, in partnership with Johnson Matthey, Membrane Technology and Research, and T3 Scientific Inc. LLC, recently received a second DOE award, for $4 million, for a Phase II project that calls for researching, developing, and demonstrating at the pre-engineering/pilot scale a membrane system for separating hydrogen from coal syngas, a system with the capacity to produce between 20 and 30 pounds of hydrogen a day. The system will be demonstrated at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Ala.

  • Read more about the initial $1.5 million DOE award.  
  • Read a Congressional Announcement about the new $4 million award.
  • Learn more about Yi Hua Ma

April 3, 2013

 
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