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Helium Extraction with Membrane Hybrid

Our process design experts, Don Henry and Cory Sanderson, will be presenting their research at the North American Membrane Society’s meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Don and Cory have developed a process to extract the valuable light gases, like helium and neon, using a membrane /PSA hybrid system. Here’s a glimpse into their research…

Light noble gases, primarily Helium and Neon, are rare in Earth’s atmosphere and upper mantle and difficult to produce. Yet the gases are highly valuable to the many diverse markets which depend on their specific chemical and physical properties.

Air Products has developed a hybrid membrane/adsorption process to extract and purify a Helium or Neon gas from a feed gas stream. The process combines the best features of both unit operations– high gas selectivity with a unique recycle control loop to create a process which has superior performance over any membrane or adsorption only process. The process has flexibility in both scale and source of gas which gives it a wide application and potential implementation strategy.

Want to learn more? Send us a quick note and we’ll be sure to get in touch with you. The researchers at Air Products PRISM Membranes are continually working on cutting-edge technology for gas separations. We may have the technology for your next system.

The Air Products Hybrid Membrane-Adsorption Process for Light Noble Gas Recovery presentation is being delivered at the North American Membrane Society Meeting May 11-15, 2019 at the Wyndham Grand Downtown, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (USA).

Pushing the bounds of science. Again.

Air Product’s Dr. Adam Kratochvil will be presenting a brief synopsis of his work in developing thermally rearranged (TR) hollow fiber membranes at the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) conference in June 2018. The NAMS conference gives students and scientists, who are actively exploring new membrane technologies, a forum to present their research and to exchange ideas with others in their field of exploration.

DrKratochvil_96dpiThe TR technology was discovered by Hanyang University in Korea and is now licensed by Air Products PRISM® Membranes.  A TR hollow fiber membrane allows for very precise separations of molecules through the unique membrane structure resulting from a tightly controlled manufacturing process.  Adam will present the development process of the new TR polymer, hollow fiber membrane, and techno-economic evaluations for natural gas sweetening applications.  Scaling the process to commercial production presents a monumental challenge and Dr. Kratochvil has some valuable insights into making the process work successfully.

NAMS 2018 is being hosted by The University of Kentucky and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology at the Hilton Lexington in Lexington, KY, USA.