Whitepaper: Cost effective alternative to distillation for olefin purification and extraction

January 16, 2017

Imtex Membranes Corp., originator of the Permylene Membrane System, the first commercially available facilitated transport membrane system that is a high performance, lower cost alternative to distillation for olefin extraction and purification in the petrochemical and refining industries, has published Imtex Permylene Membrane Systems – The Cost Effective Alternative to Distillation for Olefin Purification and Extraction. This paper describes how Permylene membrane separation technology works in extracting valuable olefins from olefin-containing mixed gas streams in a cost effective manner, and how Permylene can be integrated in a variety of olefin separation processes, including those that are commercially desirable but are considered impractical or uneconomical via conventional distillation or other separation technologies.

“Imtex has overcome the technological and operational challenges that have prevented the adoption of membrane technologies for olefin-paraffin separation in the petrochemical industry where stable, continuous and high performance operation are imperative,” said I. Glenn Towe, President and CEO of Imtex. “This paper discusses how our Permylene technology works in a number of mixed olefin-paraffin separation applications, and quantifies the potential capital cost and operating expense benefits that Permylene membrane technology can bring to the industry versus conventional separation processes.”

Founded in 2007, Imtex is an advanced membrane separation technology company that is focused on providing Permylene, a patented high performance, reliable and cost-effective membrane technology for the separation of olefins from paraffins and other compounds to the petrochemical industry. Permylene membrane systems offer significant economic and environmental benefits over the distillation processes typically employed for olefin-paraffin separations.