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Separation process using microchannel technology

United States Patent

March 24, 2009
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The disclosed invention relates to a process and apparatus for separating a first fluid from a fluid mixture comprising the first fluid. The process comprises: (A) flowing the fluid mixture into a microchannel separator in contact with a sorption medium, the fluid mixture being maintained in the microchannel separator until at least part of the first fluid is sorbed by the sorption medium, removing non-sorbed parts of the fluid mixture from the microchannel separator; and (B) desorbing first fluid from the sorption medium and removing desorbed first fluid from the microchannel separator. The process and apparatus are suitable for separating nitrogen or methane from a fluid mixture comprising nitrogen and methane. The process and apparatus may be used for rejecting nitrogen in the upgrading of sub-quality methane.
Tonkovich; Anna Lee (Dublin, OH), Perry; Steven T. (Galloway, OH), Arora; Ravi (Dublin, OH), Qiu; Dongming (Bothell, WA), Lamont; Michael Jay (Hilliard, OH), Burwell; Deanna (Cleveland Heights, OH), Dritz; Terence Andrew (Worthington, OH), McDaniel; Jeffrey S. (Columbus, OH), Rogers, Jr.; William A. (Marysville, OH), Silva; Laura J. (Dublin, OH), Weidert; Daniel J. (Lewis Center, OH), Simmons; Wayne W. (Dublin, OH), Chadwell; G. Bradley (Reynoldsburg, OH)
Velocys, Inc. (Plain City, OH)
11/ 367,044
March 2, 2006
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-FC26-03NT41905 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.