Separation and Purification of Hydrogen From Mixed Gas Streams Using Hollow Glass Microspheres

EPA Grant Number: X832541C005
Subproject: this is subproject number 005 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant X832541
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)
Center Director: Earl, David A.
Title: Separation and Purification of Hydrogen From Mixed Gas Streams Using Hollow Glass Microspheres
Investigators: Shelby, James
Institution: Alfred University
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2008
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2006) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research

Objective:

In light of current fears surrounding global warming, the appeal of alternative fuel sources continues to grow. A major obstacle standing in the way of the hydrogen economy is the expense and difficulty of the purification and separation of hydrogen from mixed gases. Due to different permeabilities of gases through vitreous silica, it is believed that glass would make an exceptional membrane for gas separation, which has been proposed as far back as Barrer. Hollow glass microspheres have extremely thin walls which makes them ideal membranes for this application. The other exceptional benefit of using hollow glass microspheres is the ease at which they can be produced, using recycled glass frit from beer bottles. Other inorganic membrane materials used for this application often rely upon the fabrication of continuous palladium/palladium alloy films which selectively allow hydrogen to pass. As could be imagined, processing a membrane as such is no simple task, and if any pinhole is present in the film the membrane is rendered useless.

Publications and Presentations:

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Supplemental Keywords:

hydrogen, gas separation, membrane, gas permeability, gas diffusion, hydrogen fuel,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2007 Progress Report
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    X832541    Center for Environmental and Energy Research (CEER)

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