CoorsTek Membrane Sciences Combines Active Ceramic Membranes and Electrochemistry
Creates new leader in Hydrogen and Oxygen Transport Membranes for Gas-to-Liquids Technology
Jun 12, 2015, 06:15 ET
GOLDEN, Colo., June 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CoorsTek today announced the creation of CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, a technology leader in ion-conducting ceramic membranes used in direct gas-to-chemicals (GTCh) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) conversion applications. The group combines the hydrogen transport membrane (HTM) and oxygen transport membrane (OTM) technologies CoorsTek, Ceramatec, and Protia (both CoorsTek companies) have been developing over the past two decades and are now commercializing with energy and chemical producers.
"GTL conversion, for example, transforms abundant low value natural gas into higher value liquids such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels," explains Dr. Grover Coors, Chief Scientist of the group. "The conversion process uses active ceramic membranes that either remove some of the hydrogen from natural gas molecules or introduce precise amounts of pure oxygen into the gas to produce synthesis gas (syngas)."
A leader in engineered ceramics, the company develops and manufactures advanced HTM and OTM ceramic membranes in both planar and tubular configurations used in a growing variety of GTL, GTCh, microreactors, oxygen sensor, molecular separation, solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC), and ceramic microchannel heat exchanger (CMHX) applications.
"Active ceramic membranes are among the cleanest, most efficient, and scalable ways to perform these conversions," states Per Christian Vestre, industry veteran and Group Vice President of CoorsTek Membrane Sciences. Electro-catalytic membrane reactors (eCMR) being tested by CoorsTek have for the first time demonstrated chemical amplification in the single-step conversion of natural gas into liquid benzene, known as methane dehydroaromatization (MDA). "This breakthrough technology using ion transport membranes for process intensification has the potential to revolutionize the Energy Age in much the same way the transistor did for the Information Age."
CoorsTek Membrane Sciences has co-authored four technical papers on ceramic ion transport membranes that will be presented at next week's 20th International Conference on Solid State Ionics, June 14-19 in Keystone, Colorado, where attendees can discuss the technology and see a ceramic membrane demonstration.
To find out more, visit http://www.coorstek.com/membrane_sciences.php, email [email protected], or call +1 303 271 7000.
About CoorsTek Membrane Sciences
CoorsTek Membrane Sciences is a technology leader in ion-conducting ceramic membranes used in direct gas-to-chemicals and gas-to-liquids conversion applications. The group leverages over two decades of technology development in hydrogen and oxygen transport membranes from CoorsTek, Ceramatec, and Protia to support clean energy and chemical producers worldwide.
CoorsTek makes the world measurably better as the partner of choice for technology and manufacturing companies worldwide whose success requires the unique, high-performance properties of products manufactured from engineering ceramics and advanced materials. CoorsTek product and components touch people's lives through amazing solutions to global challenges in energy, transportation, information technology, healthcare, and defense, among others. For more information about CoorsTek, including production information, its history since 1910, and locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, visit coorstek.com.
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