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RAPID Funded Projects
Chemical Commodity Processes
Intensified Process Fundamentals
Modeling and Simulation
Natural Gas Upgrading
Renewable Bio Products
Formation of RAPID Center for Process Modeling
RAPID aims to improve energy efficiency, reduce feedstock waste, and improve productivity by promoting modular chemical process intensification (PI) for processing industries in the U.S. manufacturing sector. To facilitate consistent and objective evaluation of performance metrics of various PI projects, RAPID has established this program to support and/or perform first principles-based process modeling for both baseline and intensified processes.
Texas Tech University
Savannah River National Laboratory
Dow Chemical Company
Modular Catalytic Desulfurization Units for Sour Gas Sweetening
This proposal places a clear focus on overcoming manufacturing and supply chain issues associated with a much needed modular technology solution. The team will look to take an existing technology for sour gas cleanup (processing scale on order of 1T/day sulfur or 1MMSCFD gas processed) and look to improve benefit vs cost through pilot testing to improve performance and manufacturing design/analysis to determine highest leverage cost reduction steps. The resulting technology will be piloted in a field test to confirm economic assessments.
Oregon State University
Development and Demonstration of Novel Thermal Technologies for Enhanced Air-Side and Two-Phase Performance of CPI-Relevant Heat Exchangers
Almost every process in the chemical and processing industries (CPI) involves heat transfer. Integrated functioning of a variety of heat exchangers with gas, liquid, and vapor/liquid flows of single- and multi-component working fluids, is critical in any processing plant. Improving air and/or process-side performance can significantly reduce energy consumption and capital costs. This project is looking at the novel geometries and mechanical actuation to enhance heat exchanger performance.
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
HTRI (Heat Transfer Research, Inc.)
Manufacturing Supply Chain Development for the STARS Technology Modular Solar-Thermochemical Conversion Platform
This project is looking to address the primary challenge we see in the module manufacturing space – how we can significantly improve the MRL of a high TRL technology to open the door for broad deployment. In particular, the team at PNNL and OSU is carrying out a cost/manufacturability study on the piloted STARS technology for solar steam methane reforming.
Oregon State University
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory