Oxygen Separation

The Opportunity

Concentrated oxygen is valuable for a multitude of purposes, including medical, industrial, and utility applications. For example, coal plants could produce syngas as a byproduct and emit less carbon dioxide if they could cheaply add additional oxygen to their combustion processes. But today's high-volume oxygen concentrators use energy-intensive methods that drive costs too high for industry.

The Innovation

ITN has developed a method for oxygen enrichment that uses a strong pulsed magnetic field and polymer coated ferric beads to economically separate oxygen from ambient air. Because oxygen is attracted to magnets and nitrogen is not, ITN’s technology pulls the oxygen out of the airstream and captures it for immediate use or storage.

The Vision

Implementing ITN's magnetic oxygen separation systems at coal-fired power plants and other industrial plants will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while lowering operating costs.