Ceramic Industry

Praxair Awarded DOE Grant for Ceramic Membrane Development

September 24, 2010

Praxair Inc. has been awarded $35 million by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate the development of oxygen transport membrane (OTM) systems, which can reduce the cost of oxygen for synthesis gas (syngas) production and oxy-fuel combustion. The grant will fund OTM equipment and systems development. Pilot-scale combustion and syngas units will be built to demonstrate performance and provide critical data for the design of commercial-scale facilities.

Praxair’s OTM technology forms the basis for a zero-emissions, advanced power cycle capable of meeting long-term DOE electricity cost targets for coal-based power plants with carbon dioxide capture. In addition, combustion applications in manufacturing and process plants that may be required to control carbon dioxide emissions would also benefit from commercialization of OTMs. OTM syngas systems efficiently convert natural gas and other hydrocarbons to mixtures of hydrogen and carbon monoxide used for making chemicals and liquid fuels.

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