Low Temperature Methane Conversion Through Impacting Common Alloy Catalysts

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Program:
IDEAS
Award:
$499,880
Location:
Morgan Hill,
California
Status:
ALUMNI
Project Term:
08/01/2014 - 12/31/2015
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Critical Need:

Many chemical reactions require rapid heating and quenching and/or precious metal catalysts in order to achieve a desirable rate of reaction. Rapid heating and quenching is thermally inefficient and precious metal is undesirable because of its high cost and because it’s periodic regeneration consumes oxygen and/or hydrogen. Alternatives to rapid heating-quenching processes and to precious metal catalysts could therefore create the potential for a significant reduction in national energy consumption and a reduced reliance on material acquisition from foreign entities.

Project Innovation + Advantages:

Space Orbital Services, in conjunction with SRI International, proposes to conduct laboratory-based, small-scale research to develop a methane conversion technology that employs unconventional chemistry at relatively low temperature, based on impacting a common alloy catalyst. The project uses laboratory experiments to establish, measure and refine operational parameters including conversion rates and efficiency, reaction products, and reactor design.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Patrick McGrath
Project Contact:
Dr. Ronald Clark
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
rn.clark1@gmail.com

Partners

SRI International

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