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Engineering    2017, Vol. 3 Issue (4) : 485 -493
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Development of CO2 Selective Poly(Ethylene Oxide)-Based Membranes: From Laboratory to Pilot Plant Scale
Torsten Brinkmann(),Jelena Lillepärg,Heiko Notzke,Jan Pohlmann,Sergey Shishatskiy,Jan Wind,Thorsten Wolff
Institute of Polymer Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Geesthacht 21502, Germany

Membrane gas separation is one of the most promising technologies for the separation of carbon dioxide (CO2) from various gas streams. One application of this technology is the treatment of flue gases from combustion processes for the purpose of carbon capture and storage. For this application, poly(ethylene oxide)-containing block copolymers such as Pebax® or PolyActive™ polymer are well suited. The thin-film composite membrane that is considered in this overview employs PolyActive™ polymer as a selective layer material. The membrane shows excellent CO2 permeances of up to 4 m3(STP)·(m2·h·bar)−1 (1 bar= 105 Pa) at a carbon dioxide/nitrogen (CO2/N2) selectivity exceeding 55 at ambient temperature. The membrane can be manufactured reproducibly on a pilot scale and mounted into flat-sheet membrane modules of different designs. The operating performance of these modules can be accurately predicted by specifically developed simulation tools, which employ single-gas permeation data as the only experimental input. The performance of membranes and modules was investigated in different pilot plant studies, in which flue gas and biogas were used as the feed gas streams. The investigated processes showed a stable separation performance, indicating the applicability of PolyActive™ polymer as a membrane material for industrial-scale gas processing.

Keywords Gas permeation      Thin-film composite membrane      CO2 separation      Carbon capture and storage      Biogas processing      Membrane modules     
Corresponding Authors: Torsten Brinkmann   
Just Accepted Date: 26 July 2017   Issue Date: 13 September 2017
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Torsten Brinkmann,Jelena Lillepärg,Heiko Notzke, et al. Development of CO2 Selective Poly(Ethylene Oxide)-Based Membranes: From Laboratory to Pilot Plant Scale[J]. Engineering, 2017, 3(4): 485 -493 .
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