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National Energy Technology Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

23 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Single Step Electrode Infiltration Process

Research is active on the patent pending technology titled, “Method of Forming Catalyst Layer by Single Step Infiltration.” This invention is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

02/25/2016
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Membrane Permeation Testing System

A simple and rapid method for the screening of the permeability and selectivity of membranes for gas separation has been developed. A high throughput membrane testing system permits simultaneous evaluation of multiple membranes under conditions of moderate pressure and temperature for both pure gases and gas mixtures. The modular design, on-line sample analysis, and automation-competence of the technology provides a cost-effective approach to identify the optimal membrane for a given gas... read more

02/24/2016
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Organoclay Sorbent for Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Gas Streams at Low Temperatures
By incorporating amines inside clay containing quaternary ammonium salts (organoclay) minerals, this invention has created a way to prepare sorbents that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from low temperature and low pressure gas streams. In this process, the clay minerals are modified with organic materials to retain the amines.
02/23/2016
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Catalysts for Oxidation of Mercury in Flue Gas
Disclosed in this patent are catalysts for the oxidation of elemental mercury in flue gas. These novel catalysts include iridium
(Ir), platinum/iridium (Pt/Ir), and Thief carbons. The catalyst materials will adsorb the oxidizing agents HCl, Cl2 and other halogen species in the flue gas stream that are produced when fuel is combusted. These adsorbed oxidizing agents can then react with elemental mercury in the stream, which is difficult to capture, and oxidize it to form Hg (II) species,... read more
02/23/2016
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Method for the Production of Mineral Wool and Iron from Serpentine Ore

This invention discloses a method to fabricate a product that has the potential to replace asbestos, which harbors health and environmental risks, with magnesium silicate-based mineral wools. The mineral wool product yields advantages similar to asbestos while eliminating its inherent detriments.

02/23/2016
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Catalysts for Syngas-Derived Alcohol Synthesis

This technology provides an advantageous means to convert syngas into a class of chemicals known as higher oxygenates as well as other long-chain hydrocarbons. Research is currently active on this patent-pending technology "Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Activity of Rh-based Lanthanum Zirconate Pyrochlores for Higher Alcohol Synthesis." This technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy's National... read more

02/23/2016
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Copper Palladium Hydrogen Separation Membranes
This patent-pending technology, “Cu-Pd Hydrogen Separation Membranes with Reduced Palladium Content and Improved Performance,” consists of copper-palladium alloy compositions for hydrogen separation membranes that use less palladium and have a potential increase in hydrogen permeability and resistance to sulfur degradation compared to currently available copper-palladium membranes. This technology is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research with the U.S.... read more
02/23/2016
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Oxygen Carriers for Solid Fuel Chemical Looping Combustion Process
This patent-pending technology, “Regenerable Mixed Copper-Iron-Inert Support Oxygen Carriers for Solid Fuel Chemical
Looping Combustion Process,” provides a metal-oxide oxygen carrier for application in fuel combustion processes that use oxygen.
02/23/2016
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Regenerable Sorbent Technique for Capturing CO2 Using Immobilized Amine Sorbents

This technology allows for optimal CO2 removal capacity for a given absorption and regeneration reactor size. Management of water loading in this manner allows optimal operation of the regeneration reactor with a significant reduction in energy losses incurred by the desorption of adsorbed water.

02/23/2016
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Computationally Optimized Homogenization Heat Treatment of Metal Alloys

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A computational approach has been developed to improve the homogenization heat treatment of solid substitutional alloys. The method utilizes computational thermodynamics to determine a stepped approach to achieve optimal homogenization of the metal alloy, resulting in improved materials and processing costs. In addition, the approach allows the homogenization process to be ‘tuned’ for the intended use of the alloy. This technology is available for licensing and/or further... read more

02/23/2016
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Producing microchannels using graduated diffusion bonding of a stack of precision machined foils or sheets (laminates) to make a micro-channel reactor

This patented invention is a method for producing microchannels using graduated diffusion bonding of a stack of precision machined foils or sheets (laminates) to make a micro-channel reactor. The method is a novel multi-step process for the diffusion bonding of laminates, which is independent of the channel width-to-fin lamina thickness (fin aspect ratio) and allows for laminae to uniformly and effectively bond. Unlike conventional hot-pressing methods, the NETL invention increases... read more
02/23/2016
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Method to enhance the concentration of valuable minerals in froth flotation process used in mining
Disclosed in this patent is a method of particle separation from a feed stream comprised of particles of varying hydrophobicity by injecting the feed stream directly into the froth zone of a vertical flotation column in the presence of a counter-current reflux stream. The current invention allows the height of the feed stream injection and the reflux ratio to be varied to optimize the concentrate or tailing stream recoveries desired based on existing operating conditions or other... read more
02/23/2016
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High Speed Particle Image Velocimetry

This patent application discloses a novel method to simultaneously track the motion of high numbers of object images under extreme, high concen-tration conditions. Although the software is designed to simultaneously track large numbers of particle images in flow fields, it can track any type of object whose locations are available at consecutive time increments (e.g., consecutive video frames).

02/23/2016
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High Temperature Optical Gas Sensing

This series of inventions addresses harsh environment sensing at temperatures above approximately 400-500oC using novel sensing materials that are compatible with optical sensing platforms as well as more conventional resistive platforms. The sensors will use thin films of specialized materials that can be integrated with optical platforms for measurements of chemical composition or other process properties in extreme conditions. An emphasis is currently being placed on development of... read more

02/23/2016
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Rapid Gas Hydrate Formation Process

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking collaborative research and licensing partners interested in implementing United States Non-provisional Patent Application entitled “Rapid Gas Hydrate Formation Process.” Disclosed in this application is a method and device for producing gas hydrates from a two-phase mixture of water and a hydrate forming gas such as methane (CH4) or carbon dioxide (CO2). The two-phase mixture is created in a... read more

02/23/2016
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Spheroid-Encapsulated Ionic Liquids for Gas Separation

 

An innovative approach has been developed allowing the use of high viscosity for gas separations. The method involves the encapsulation of ionic liquids (ILs) into polymer spheroids, taking advantage of the gas-absorbing properties and cost-effectiveness of ILs, while circumventing known IL viscosity issues. Significantly, the process permits optimization or ‘tuning’ of the IL-containing spheroids for specific gas separation applications. This technology is available... read more

02/23/2016
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Control of Slag Chemistry for the Reduction of Viscosity and Refractory Corrosion

 

The current invention describes methods to control slag chemistry for both the reduction of slag viscosity and refractory wear in gasification systems. Application of this methodology to control slag chemistry will minimize refractory corrosion caused by carbon feedstocks containing petcoke and allow for the use of non-high chrome oxide refractory materials.

02/23/2016
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Method to Improve Steel Creep Strength by Alloy Design and Heat Treatment

 

The current invention describes a steel formulation and manufacturing approach that produces USC creep capable, high Cr martensitic steel for advanced fossil power generation, including advanced high-temperature steam components including rotors, airfoils, casing, valves, and other ancillary components.

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02/23/2016
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Variable Grid Method for Visualizing Uncertainty Associated with Spatial Data

This is a decision-making tool for industry, government, academia, and scientists that addresses uncertainity inherent in data interpretation, enhances accuracy and effective communiciation associated with data interpretation, and provides an updated method to use spatial data.

Research is active on the patent pending technology, and is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory... read more

02/23/2016
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Laser Spark Distribution and Ignition System
Disclosed in this patent is NETL’s laser spark distribution and ignition system, which reduces the high-power optical requirements
normally needed for such a system by using optical fibers to deliver low-peak-energy pumping pulses to a laser amplifier or laser
oscillator. Laser spark generators then produce a high-peak-power laser spark from a single low power pulse. The system has applications in natural gas fueled reciprocating engines, turbine combustors, explosives, and... read more
02/23/2016
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Improved Martensitic Steel for High Temperature Applications

NETL has developed a stainless steel composition and heat treatment process for a high-temperature, titanium alloyed 9 Cr-1 molybdenum alloy exhibiting improved creep strength and oxidation resistance at temperatures up to 650 °C. The novel combination of composition and heat treatment produces a heat-treated material containing both large primary titanium carbides and small secondary titanium carbides. The primary titanium carbides contribute to creep strength while the secondary... read more

02/23/2016
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CO2-Based Glue

This patent-pending technology titled "Poly (Hydroxyl Urethane) Compositions and Methods of Making and Using the Same" is available for licensing and/or further collaborative research from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

The adhesive is a "green," environmentally friendly epoxy that utilizes inexpensive CO2 as a starting material, consists of composites that can be cured either thermally or with light, and has a... read more

02/23/2016
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Improved Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) Elemental Composition Detection System

This device can measure subsurface gases, liquids, and solids at subsurface conditions. Atomic identification and concentration measurements can be made on solids, liquids, and gases at down hole pressure and temperature conditions.

02/23/2016