A Novel, Nanostructured, Metal-organic Frameworks-Based Product Loss Prevention Technology in the Oil and Natural Gas SectorEPA Contract Number: 68HE0D18C0021
Title: A Novel, Nanostructured, Metal-organic Frameworks-Based Product Loss Prevention Technology in the Oil and Natural Gas Sector
Investigators: Ozdemir, Osman K
Small Business: Framergy, Inc
EPA Contact: Richards, April
Project Period: October 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019
Project Amount: $100,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2018) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Nanomaterials and Clean Technology
To reach the end user, oil and gas production at the wellhead must be transmitted through the country and distributed to a wide range of customers. This logistical system requires natural gas gathering lines, processing facilities, product storage tanks and lots of other equipment. What results is air pollution caused by industry losses during these operations and the use of continuous or intermittent venting/flaring to mitigate other issues.
One of the main components of this pollution is Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), with the increasing popularity of unconventional O & NG production in the US, controls on VOC release will become increasingly important to maintain current health and safety standards.
In this activity, framergy, in collaboration with Texas A&M University, will develop a combined methane and VOC capture technology that can be used at well sites, natural gas gathering and processing facilities, storage tanks/ sites, and transmission facilities to reduce pollution. This technology will be capable of separating, storing and recycling natural gas and VOCs.
The proposed innovation is a combination of VOC-philic solvents and novel Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) adsorbents targeted to capture a wide range of volatile products and light hydrocarbons before they are vented into the atmosphere.