Xebec partners in DOE project on composite sorbent technology

By Xebec Adsorption Inc. | July 15, 2019

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of clean energy solutions is pleased to announce July 11 its inclusion in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) US$24 million commitment to a public-private collaboration funding 77 energy technology projects.

With matching funds from the private sector, the Office of Technology Transition’s Technology Commercialization Fund will advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and strengthen partnerships between DOE’s National Laboratories and private sector companies to deploy these technologies to the marketplace.

Xebec’s a supporting industrial partner on this project as a result of its collaboration with Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), and a California treatment facility. The project is being conducted through Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory by lead researcher Sarah Baker.

This $500,000 grant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be used to develop and seek to commercialize their composite sorbent technology to more effectively remove CO2 from biogas. This proposed technology has the potential for significant improvements over the current state-of-the-art adsorbents used for biogas upgrading.

Xebec will play an important advisory role with our expertise in sorbents and biomethane production. Also, there is the opportunity to commercialize the technology in a small-scale biogas upgrading plant if proven successful in early stages.

“Technology transfer is an essential component of our mission at DOE, helping ensure we deliver the maximum return on the investment of the American taxpayer," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Through the TCF, we are connecting entrepreneurs in the private sector with researchers at our National Labs to help deliver the innovations and technologies that will keep our nation secure, competitive, and energy abundant.”

The DOE received over 160 applications for 2019 TCF funding, with project teams engaging more than 90 different partners across multiple diverse disciplines. Teams must receive a 50 percent match of non-federal funds from private partners to receive a TCF award.

“LLNL is excited to work with Xebec, who has decades of experience with biogas upgrading technology, to rigorously test LLNL’s biogas upgrading materials and move them toward commercialization,” said Sarah Baker, staff scientist at LLNL.

"We are proud to be working alongside LLNL and SoCalGas to research how new sorbents can enable more economical biomethane production,” said Prabhu Rao, chief operating officer, Xebec Adsorption Inc. “This is the first time Xebec has participated in a DOE funded project, and we look forward to vigorously testing LLNL’s biogas upgrading materials. The renewable natural gas industry is seeing unprecedented growth and cost reduction will be important in developing the market further.”