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Gas mixtures can be effectively separated by synthetic membranes made from polymers such as polyamide or cellulose acetate, or from ceramic materials. Membranes can be used for separating gas mixtures where they act as a permeable barrier through which different compounds move across at different rates or not move at all. The membranes can be nanoporous, polymer, etc. and the gas molecules penetrate according to their size, diffusivity, or solubility.
Since the first large industrial application of Prism membranes by Permea (Monsanto, now Air Products) for hydrogen separation from the purge gas stream of ammonia plants, membrane-based gas separation (GS) has grown exponentially. Membrane units do not require a phase change and have relatively small footprints, being smaller than conventional systems such as amine stripping towers. The lack of mechanical complexity in membrane systems is another advantage and their modularity allows an easy scale-up and results in a significant flexibility. Membrane devices for gas separation usually operate under continuous steady-state conditions. They are of special interest to chemical companies, industrial gas suppliers, petroleum producers and refiners. Several applications have achieved commercial success: nitrogen production from air, hydrogen removal from ammonia purge gas, carbon dioxide removal from natural gas and in enhanced oil recovery.
The global gas separation membrane production, which measures output worldwide, was expected to reach xx units in 2016 with an increase of xx% from its year-earlier level. The global gas separation membrane market size is estimated to grow from USD xx million in 2011 to USD xx million by 2016, at an estimated CAGR of xx% between 2011 and 2016. With regards to this, key players of gas separation membrane industry are expected to find potential opportunities in this market.
The global gas separation membrane market report profiles some of the key technological developments in the recent times. It also profiles some of the leading players in the market and analyzes their key strategies. The competitive landscape section of the report provides a clear insight into the market share analysis of key industry players. The major players in the global gas separation membrane market are Air Products, Air Liquide, UBE, IGS, Honeywell, Parker Hannifin, Schlumberger, MTR, Borsig, Tianbang, etc.
The global gas separation membrane industry is relatively concentrated, with the market share of Top 10 gas separation membrane producers at xx%.