CCS and Power Systems

Advanced Energy Systems - Gasification Systems


Recovery Act: Scale-Up of Hydrogen Transport Membranes for IGCC and FutureGen Plants


Performer: Eltron Research & Development Inc.

Project No: FC26-05NT42469


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".


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