Gas Separation – Emerging Membrane Technologies Outlook

Performance Tuned, Hybrid and Nanocomposite-based Membrane Materials Gain Prominence

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The industrial gas separation technologies that are currently used for processing natural gas, such as cryogenic distillation, and pressure swing adsorption, often require a large amount of energy. Conversely, membrane technologies have attracted much interest in the gas separation industry as a cost-effective, robust, and energy saving alternative to conventional technologies. With recent attention towards the production of natural gas, membranes have gained prominence as one of the most efficient technologies to process the gas streams to supply to consumers as a viable energy source. However, at present gas separation membrane technologies are still in the development process and need to address several critical challenges before being adopted on the large scale. Developing efficient and economical gas separation membrane technologies to replace conventional separation processes is a prime focus area for both research institutes and technology developers.

This research service titled "Emerging Membrane Technologies for Gas Separation (TechVision)" focuses on recent innovations and developments with regard to membrane technologies used for various natural gas processing applications. This research service includes a holistic analysis of the various membrane materials, which includes their technical capabilities, market potential, and industry requirements. In addition, the technology limitation factors affecting the adoption of membranes for various natural gas processing applications analyzed, key opportunity areas identified, and insights provided on the road ahead for technology developers in this space. The scope of the research service is limited only to natural gas processing applications, and does not include opportunities for using membrane technologies for air separation and biogas processing. The membrane materials considered are segmented on the basis of type, such as organic polymeric membranes, inorganic membranes, and mixed matrix membranes (MMMs). Inorganic membranes are further segmented into zeolite membranes and carbon molecular sieve (CMS). Metal and ceramic membranes are not considered within the scope of this research.

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope1.2 Research Process and Methodology1.3 Key Findings: Performance Tuned Membrane Materials and Hybrid Membranes Pave the Future Path2.0 Technology Snapshot2.1 Overview of Membrane Technologies for Gas Separation: Synthetic Thin Membranes That Separate Gas Constituents2.2 Key Applications in Natural Gas Processing: Used for Processing Natural Gases According to Industrial Specifications2.3 Funding Basis: Federal Funding Bodies and Venture Capitalists Are Key Contributors2.4 Key Industry Players: Stakeholders Are Spread Across 5 Stages of Membrane Development3.0 Technology Capability3.1 Types of Gas Separation Membranes: Segmentation Is Based on Materials Used for Fabrication3.2 Polymeric Membranes: High Mechanical and Chemical Strength at Low Capital Costs3.3 Polymeric Membranes: Innovation Ecosystem Involves Number of Major Global Players3.4 Zeolite Membranes: Provides Highly Selective Separation3.5 Zeolite Membranes: Technology in Laboratory Stages of Development 3.6 Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes: Appropriate for Use in Aggressive Environments3.7 Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes: Innovations Geared towards Customizable Membranes3.8 Mixed Matrix Membranes: Low Fabrication Costs and High Mechanical Integrity3.9 Mixed Matrix Membranes: Innovations with High Carbon Dioxide Separation Potential 4.0 Impact Assessment and Analysis4.1 Drivers: Simple Equipment Configuration and Low Operation Costs Create High Market Impact4.2 Challenges: Large-scale Separation Processes Are Still Difficult to Implement 4.3 Movers and Shakers Who Influence Technology Adoption5.0 Diffusion of Innovations and Needs Assessment5.1 North America Leads Innovations, Followed by Europe and Middle East5.2 Global Technology Adoption Footprint: High Natural Gas Consumption Drives Technology Adoption Rate in USA5.3 Demand Side Analysis: Unmet End-user Requirements That Prove a Detriment to Technology Adoption 5.4 Stakeholder Initiatives to Address End-user Requirements: Ongoing Research Activities Pave Future Development6.0 Opportunity Evaluation and Roadmapping6.1 Opportunity Strategy Evaluation: All 4 Membrane Materials Considered Have High Investment Potential6.2 Technology Roadmap: Technology Development Scenario 2015-2022 6.3 Technology Roadmap: Mixed Matrix Membranes Predicted to Be the Membrane of Choice7.0 Key Patents7.1 Key Patents–USPTO7.1 Key Patents–USPTO (Continued)7.2 Key Patents–EPO7.3 Key Patents–WIPO 8.0 Key Contacts8.1 Industry Contacts9.0 Appendix9.1 Appendix A–Opportunity Strategy Evaluation: Definition of Criteria Used for Evaluation9.2 Appendix A–Opportunity Strategy Evaluation: Explanation of Quadrant Placement in the Matrix9.3 Appendix A–Opportunity Strategy Evaluation: Criteria-based Evaluation of Each Membrane MaterialLegal Disclaimer10.0 The Frost & Sullivan Story10.1 The Frost & Sullivan Story10.2 Value Proposition: Future of Your Company and Career10.3 Global Perspective10.4 Industry Convergence: Comprehensive Industry Coverage Sparks Innovation Opportunities10.5 360º Research Perspective: Integration of 7 Research Methodologies Provides Visionary Perspective10.6 Implementation Excellence: Leveraging Career Best Practices to Maximize Impact10.7 Our Blue Ocean Strategy: Collaboration, Research and Vision Sparks Innovation




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