March 2002

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: New projects to yield more efficient separations

"Petroleum refining is a series of separation steps," explains theOffice of Industrial Technology's petroleum team leader Jim Quinn."Energy can be saved in many of those steps." Each of five recentR&D..

"Petroleum refining is a series of separation steps," explains the Office of Industrial Technology's petroleum team leader Jim Quinn. "Energy can be saved in many of those steps." Each of five recent R&D projects from OIT (www.oit.doe.gov) addresses potential improvements in petroleum refining. For example, Energy-saving Separation Technology for the Petroleum Industry is developing separation membranes as an alternative to energy-intensive distillation. The project focuses on pervaporation separation of hydrocarbon mixtures and uses reverse selectivity membranes for hydrogen recovery. Membranes are being developed for improved selectivity and permeability, and superior physic

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