CryoMan-SMR™ is marketed by UMIP, The University of Manchester’s agent for IP commercialisation and Process Integration Limited, a specialist cryogenic refrigeration consultancy.
The CryoMan-SMR™ is currently at the modelling stage and has attracted the attention of a number of companies at the pilot plant stage of development.
The CryoMan-SMR™ consortium is making evaluation licences available to companies wishing to develop and operate improved liquefaction processes.
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The IP position
The University of Manchester holds a patent position through applications entitled Refrigeration Process (published as WO2011/117655 A2). The claims are directed to novel methods for the refrigeration of gases using a single mixed refrigerant in conjunction with a single heat exchanger to achieve superior thermodynamic efficiencies. Exquisite adjustment through manipulation of a range of operating variables enables significantly improved thermodynamic performance, thereby increasing LNG production.
The University has pending patents in 70% of natural gas producing territories in the world and is pursuing additional intellectual property protection strategies in certain non-patent territories.
- The University of Manchester also owns computer algorithms written to support the analysis, assessment and optimisation of operative gas cooling variables for improved thermodynamics.
- Process Integration Limited is the proprietor of CRYO-int™, a software-based management system used in thermodynamic analyses, and a suite of algorithms utilised specifically for cryogenic applications. Together, these elements are applied to the optimisation of energy consumption in partners’ cooling processes.