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Resin Wafer Electrodeionization Technology Reduces the Cost of Clean Energy, Chemicals, and Industrial Process Water

Argonne National Laboratory

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Figure 1. Argonne's patented resin wafer electrodeionization technology allows for the continuous removal of charged products like organic acids from aqueous streams and eliminates the requirement to continuously add neutralizing agents.
Figure 1. Argonne's patented resin wafer electrodeionization technology allows for the continuous removal of charged products like organic acids from aqueous streams and eliminates the requirement to continuously add neutralizing agents.

Technology Marketing Summary

Argonne National Laboratory has developed a resin wafer electrodeionization technology for processing biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals. The new technology reduces the cost of producing clean energy and of the chemicals and process water used in industry.

Description

Argonne's patented technology processes biomass-based feedstocks into biofuels and chemicals, removing charged products like organic acids from aqueous streams and eliminating the need to add neutralizing agents continuously. Conventional bioprocessing technologies generate large waste streams, requiring significant capital and energy expenditures to recover these products. Increasing industrial acceptance of bioprocessing supports our economy’s shift from oil and natural gas to clean biomass feedstocks. The commercial success, competitiveness, and growth of these bio-based products depend on controlling the processing costs associated with their production. Argonne's resin wafer electrodeionization technology is made from commercially available materials; by controlling dimensions, composition, porosity, and conductivity, researchers have adapted the resin wafer technology to a variety of target products.

Benefits
  • Reduces cost of biofuels production
  • Facilitates domestic production of biomass-based biofuels and chemicals
  • Improves the economic competitiveness of bio-based products
  • Reduces the cost for process water in power plants and industry
Technology Status
Development StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
Production - Nalco Company of Naperville, Illinois, has licensed Argonne’s resin wafer electrodeionization technology. Nalco and Argonne will design and develop platforms to help customers integrate the technology into their manufacturing processes.Available - This technology is available for a variety of applications. Please contact Argonne for licensing information.09/16/201109/16/2011

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