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ITM Oxygen Technology for Gasification Applications Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234752D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-31
Document File: 11 page(s) / 1M

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ITM Oxygen Technology for Gasification Applications

Vince White1, Sr. Research Associate,

John M. Repasky2, Advanced Gas Separation Technology, Michael F. Carolan2, Program Manager, ITM Syngas, Phillip A. Armstrong2, Program Manager, ITM Oxygen, VanEric E. Stein2, Lead Development Engineer,

Edward P. (Ted) Foster2, Director, Business Development,

1. Air Products PLC, Hersham Place, Molesey Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 4RZ U.K.

2. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., 7201 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown, PA, 18195-1501 U.S.A. Copyright © 2014 Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Prepared for Presentation at IChemE: New Horizons in Gasification Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10-13 March 2014


oxygen, membrane, perovskite, ITM, gasification, IGCC, oxycombustion


     In the late 1980's Air Products identified a family of perovskite ceramic materials with high flux and separation selectivity for oxygen ions. These materials have become the basis for a novel class of air separation technologies, referred to as Ion Transport Membranes (ITMs). Along with partners and through cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, Air Products has made substantial progress in developing ITM Oxygen technology toward a cost effective method of oxygen production. The high temperature ITM Oxygen process has been shown to integrate well with large-scale gasification and oxy-combustion applications, as well as traditional energy-intensive industrial processes requiring oxygen.

     The team has successfully demonstrated expected performance and required reliability of commercial-scale modules over a wide range of process conditions and operating scenarios in a prototype facility that produces up to 5 tons-per-day (TPD) of oxygen. Next phase pilot unit is scheduled for operation in 2014. This Intermediate Scale Test Unit (ISTU) is designed to produce up to 100 TPD of oxygen integrated with turbo- machinery for co-production of power. Data from the 100 TPD unit will provide the design basis for a much larger plant that could produce 2000 TPD. In parallel, work is underway to expand ceramic fabrication capacity to support these advancements at commercial scale. Recent studies with U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and several power companies have confirmed the economic benefits of ITM Oxygen technology toward large-scale gasification and oxy-combustion in advanced power generation applications with CO2 capture.

     This paper will present an overview and update of the ITM Oxygen development effort, including commercial-scale ceramic modules, next-phase scale-up designs, ceramic manufacturing expansion work, and developing commercial process integrations and economic analyses toward gasification, oxy-combustion, and other energy-intensive industrial applications. A commercialization timeline will...