Recycle and Reuse of VOCs from Fugitive Emissions and Small Vent Streams

EPA Contract Number: 68D40075
Title: Recycle and Reuse of VOCs from Fugitive Emissions and Small Vent Streams
Investigators: Wijmans, J. (Hans) G.
Small Business: Membrane Technology and Research Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: II
Project Period: September 1, 1994 through April 1, 1996
Project Amount: $165,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1994) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 regulate emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from equipment leans and from small vent streams. Gasoline vapor emissions from storage tanks at gasoline retail stations and refrigerant emissions from industrial chiller vents are examples of such streams. Very small (1-3 scfm) membrane vapor separation systems will be a simple, energy-efficient method of VOC emission control for these particular applications. Cost advantages could also result because membrane systems recover the VOC as a reusable condensed liquid.

Commercial membrane modules, that Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., (MTR) has developed to date show only moderate separation performance at low flow rates. The Phase I program demonstrated dramatic performance improvements with an innovative module design. In the Phase II program, the module design will be optimized and demonstrated in a membrane vapor recovery system operating at a gasoline retail station. The demonstration will be performed in cooperation with MTR's collaborator, a leading supplier of gasoline service station equipment.

Supplemental Keywords:

VOC Emissions, Membrane Modules, Vapor Recovery, Gasoline Vents., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Toxics, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, air toxics, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Sustainable Environment, VOCs, Technology for Sustainable Environment, tropospheric ozone, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, vapor recovery, small vent streams, membrane technology , recovery, fugitive emissions, membrane modules, treatment, recycled VOCs, recycled VOC emissions, reuse VOC emissions, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), reused VOC emissions, membrane technology, membrane module, gasoline vents

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final

  • SBIR Phase I:

    Recycle and Reuse of VOCs from Fugitive Emissions and Small Vent Streams