Emerging Membrane Technologies for Gas Separation (TechVision)

  • ID: 3627458
  • Report
  • 57 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Analysis of Emerging Materials for Natural Gas Upgrading
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.

In brief, this research service provides:
A) A brief snapshot of various gas separation membrane technologies.
B) The industry value chain, and technology capability of membrane technologies focusing on natural gas processing applications, which
includes acid gas removal, dehydration, nitrogen removal, helium and natural gas liquids (NGL) recovery, and sour gas sweetening.
C) An overview of key technology drivers and challenges that impact the industrial scale adoption of membrane technologies for the above
mentioned applications.
D) A review of recent innovations and their potential impact on the natural gas processing industry.
E) Global technology adoption and development trends.
F) Opportunity evaluation of various membrane materials for use by potential investors of the technology.
G) Insights into the road ahead for gas separation membrane technologies.
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1. Executive Summary
Research Scope
Research Process and Methodology
Key Findings

2. Technology Snapshot
Overview of Membrane Technologies for Gas Separation
Key Applications in Natural Gas Processing
Technology Value Chain
  • Funding Basis
  • Key Industry Players
3. Technology Capability
Types of Gas Separation Membranes–Materials Perspective
Polymeric Membranes
  • Technology Capability
  • Key Innovations
Zeolite Membranes
  • Technology Capability
  • Key Innovations
Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes
Technology Capability
Key Innovations
Mixed Matrix Membranes
Technology Capability
Key Innovations

4. Impact Assessment and Analysis
Market Impact of Technology Accelerators
Market Impact of Technology Challenges
Stakeholder Initiatives to Address Technology Challenges

5. Diffusion of Innovations and Needs Assessment
Global Technology Development Footprint
Global Technology Adoption Footprint
Demand Side Analysis–End-User Requirements
Ongoing Stakeholder Initiatives to Address End-User Requirements

6. Opportunity Evaluation and Roadmapping
Opportunity Strategy Evaluation Technology Roadmap
Assessment of Future Trends
Explanation

7. Key Patents
  • USPTO
  • EPO
  • WIPO
8. Key Contacts
9. Appendix

Appendix A: Opportunity Strategy Evaluation
  • Definition
  • Explanation
  • Ratings
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