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Applications of ASP Technology

The technical innovation of ASP technology, a quantum change innovation in isotope and gas specie separation efficiency, enables various products formerly not possible.

Firstly, the ability to separate isotopes of lighter as well as heavier atomic mass, has opened the door for ASP to the separation of the following stable isotopes:

  • Silicon enrichment for application in the fields of semi-conductors and solar heating.

  • Zirconium enrichment (or depletion) intended for nuclear power reactors efficiency. By depleting (which is the opposite of enrichment) the Zr-91, -92 and -96 isotopes, the neutron economics of the nuclear power plants is greatly enhanced.

  • Other applications in nuclear plants such as Boron and Gadolinium enrichment which improve the economics and safety in these installations.

  • The production of pure isotopes for nuclear medicine: Radiopharmaceutical isotopes are used both for diagnostic purposes and for certain treatments such as chemotherapy. For example, the production of highly concentrated 18-O water to make FDG (Fluorodeoxyglucose 18-F) and Molybdenum-100 to make Technitium-99m.

Secondly, the ability to separate any mixed gases into the individual compounds, makes it ideal for uses in any field that requires the purifying of gases. For instance, the separation of methane from the other gas compounds in shale gas for energy purposes.
The natural gas must meet quality standards specified by major pipeline transmission and distribution, some of which are listed here.

  • The gas must fall within a specified heating value (calorie value) which differs from country to country.

  • It must be delivered at or above a specified hydrocarbon dew point temperature. This ensures that no condensation occurs during transport by removing water and heavy hydrocarbons in the gas, which might condence, prior to transport through a pipeline.

  • The gas must only contain trace amounts of nitrogen and mercaptants. The carbon dioxide level is typically no more than 2-3 percent but it may be as high as 8% in natural gases. It also contains light hydrocarbons (ethane, methane, propane and butane up to 20% sometimes), oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen sulphide and trace amounts of rare gases.

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