Recovering helium from Australia's natural gas: A case study for advanced adsorption processes to concentrate dilute gases (2014–2016)

Abstract:
This project aims to deliver breakthroughs in gas separation technologies for the production of helium from natural gas. Global demand for helium in critical medical, scientific and industrial applications is projected to grow at around 5 % pa. To overcome the forecast short falls in helium production, new low cost and energy efficient technologies to recover helium from natural gas fields must be developed. This project will contribute novel microporous adsorbents, a better understanding of helium sorption kinetics and general methodologies for design of pressure swing adsorption processes to concentrate dilute mixtures.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Researchers:
  • Senior Lecturer
    School of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council