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Power generation method including membrane separation

United States Patent

6,161,386
December 19, 2000
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A method for generating electric power, such as at, or close to, natural gas fields. The method includes conditioning natural gas containing C.sub.3+ hydrocarbons and/or acid gas by means of a membrane separation step. This step creates a leaner, sweeter, drier gas, which is then used as combustion fuel to run a turbine, which is in turn used for power generation.
Lokhandwala; Kaaeid A. (Union City, CA)
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
09/ 220,971
December 23, 1998
This invention was made in part with Government support under Contract No. DE-FG03-95ER82022 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.