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CMS confirms technology pilot test

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Compact Membrane Systems (CMS) has announced a pilot of its new OptipermTM olefins separation technology with DowDuPont.

The project will field test Optiperm membranes, with the ultimate goal of testing a demonstration size unit with membrane area greater than 100 ft2 within DowDuPont’s facilities. This technology programme will be conducted jointly with DowDuPont, focused on C2 and C3 olefin/paraffin separations. Work will be conducted in olefin-rich streams, an application consistent with the recovery and use of olefins from a polymerisation reactor purge line.

The aim of CMS’ technology is to enable refiners and petrochemical companies to separate and concentrate olefins, and create value by removing bottlenecks, eliminating waste, and upgrading existing streams, while capturing energy savings and reducing carbon footprint.

The pilot is the result of a public-private partnership sponsored and supported by the RAPID Manufacturing Institute of AIChE, in an effort to improve US manufacturing and unleash savings in energy-intensive industries.

Karen Fletcher, CEO of RAPID, said: “CMS’ Optiperm represents one of several breakthrough technologies that we are encouraging our members to pursue. We anticipate that this technology will not only be a paradigm shift for the industry but also financially and environmentally significant in the years ahead.”

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