DEMCAMER - Design and Manufacturing of Catalytic Membrane Reactors

DEMCAMER - Design and Manufacturing of Catalytic Membrane Reactors
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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION TECNALIA (TECNALIA)

TECNALIA is a private, non profit, research organisation resulting from the merger (1st January 2011) of eight research centres: Fundación Cidemco, Fundación ESI-European Software Institute, Fundación European Virtual Engineering, Fundación Fatronik, Fundación Inasmet, Fundación Labein, Fundación Leia and Fundación Robotiker. With around 1,450 people (164 PhD) and 122 M€ revenues in 2010, TECNALIA is the leading private research organisation in Spain. TECNALIA understand its role as innovation partner of industry and of public organisations, working to a common goal: turning knowledge into gross domestic product for improving quality of life generating and developing business opportunities through applied research. TECNALIA acts as a service provider in the field of application oriented-research and technology development combining broad interdisciplinary skills with specialised know-how operating on Business Units of a sectoral nature.

The Energy Unit is organised in several lines of research focused on renewable energy sources (wind, biomass, solar and sea power) and efficient and sustainable energy vectors (smart grids, energy storage and hydrogen and fuel cells). The activities under DEMCAMER are mainly carried out by two different departments from the Energy Unit: i) "Materials for Energy" working on the development of materials and components for gas separation and purification (i.e.; hydrogen production, purification and storage), fuel cells, electrolysers, batteries; ii) "Bioenergy" addressing the hydrogen production from biomass as well as the development of biofuels (i.e.; Thermal decomposition of Natural Gas by Plasma Technology and Thermal Catalytic Decomposition, gasification, fermentation, second generation biofuels, microalgae, etc.). More recently Process Intensification on the field of reaction engineering is also being addressed. This is achieved by doing R&D for the synthesis of membranes (i.e.; metallic membranes for Hydrogen purification or production from Water Gas Shift, Steam Reforming, etc), and the design and development of membrane modules, membrane reactors and catalytic membrane reactors (including milli/micro channel reactors as well as catalytic coatings onto structured supports). In addition, members of the Thermal Spray and the Joining Technologies groups integrated in the Transport Unit will also contribute to the project developing membranes and/or interlayers on membrane supports.

TECNALIA (the founder members) have been involved in international cooperation since several decades ago. International cooperation has been carried out by both specific R&D projects and supporting the international activities of national and/or non-Spanish companies. TECNALIA is participating in the decision making centres for European R+D policies, being member in the following associations: i) the Executive Committee of the European Association Research and Technology Organisation (EARTO), ii) EUROTECH, a select group of EARTO's leading organisations, iii) the Steering Board of 6 European technological Platforms and present on another 24 and iv) the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (TNO, VTT, Joanneum Research and TECNALIA). TECNALIA is nowadays (beginning 2011) participating in more than 170 FP7 projects (34 as coordinator).

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. (VITO)

VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research is a leading independent European research institute developing sustainable technologies in the area of energy, environment, materials and remote sensing. VITO employs around 600 highly qualified staff of diverse specialisations and collaborates with research centres, universities, colleges and businesses in Europe and beyond. In 2010 the VITO budget amounted to €89.5 million of which €52.6 million was funded by research contracts. As a partner in the DEMCAMER-project, aiming at process intensification through the development of catalytic membrane reactors, VITO strengthens its Sustainable Chemistry research programme.

In DEMCAMER, mainly two groups will be involved: the Ceramic Materials and Powder Metallurgy group of the Unit Materials, and the Ceramic Membrane group of the Unit Separation and Conversion Technology. The Ceramics Materials and Powder Metallurgy group has vast expertise in the manufacturing and shaping of functional ceramics. The Ceramic Membranes group has more than 15 years experience in the development and application testing of dense and porous ceramic membranes. Both groups have the necessary (pilot scale) manufacturing, characterisation and testing equipment.

UNIVERSITA DELLA CALABRIA (UNICAL)

The University of Calabria (UNICAL) was established in 1972 in Cosenza (Italy) and include six faculties (Engineering & Material Sciences, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Mathematical-Physical- Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Economical Sciences and Political Sciences) and 25 Departments. The UNICAL is today recognize as one of the leader medium size, with about 35,000 students, public Research and Teaching Institution in Italy with a total employers of about 2500 including a teaching staff of ca. 800. Research and training activities on membrane science and technology are developed mainly at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials DICEM (http://dicem.unical.it), in close cooperation with the Institute on Membrane Technology of the Italian National Research Council (ITM-CNR). Collaborations with international and national research institutions are in progress in the framework of research project funded by EU, Italian Ministries, local Administration and private companies.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials (DICEM) includes: 8 full professors, 3 associate professors 8 researchers, 9 technical-administrative units, and various PhD and postdoc students. Main research activities: membrane preparation; transport phenomena; catalytic membranes and membrane reactors; integrated membrane processes; membrane contactors; membrane crystallizers.

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN (TU/e)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research driven, design oriented university of technology at an international level, with the primary objective of providing young people with an academic education within the 'engineering science & technology' domain. Together with Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente, the TU/e forms the 'Federation of 3 Universities of Technology', or '3TU.Federation'. The coordination and partnership within the Federation is intended to strengthen the competitive position and reputation of the Dutch universities of technology at a global level.

The Chemical Process Intensification group is part of the faculty of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the TU/e. The main objectives of the Chemical Process Intensification (CPI) group are the generation of new fundamental knowledge and the development of new reactor models with improved predictive capability for the industrially important class of multiphase chemical reactors, and the development of novel integrated reactor concepts based on this knowledge. This is achieved by employing a combination of state-of-the-art numerical models (at different levels of detail), advanced (non-invasive) experimental techniques and experimental demonstration of novel reactor concepts (proof of concept).

INSTITUTO DE CATALISIS Y PETROLEOQUÍMICA (ICP) – AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIÓNES CIENTÍFICAS (CSIC)

The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public research organisation in Spain and has considerable experience in managing R&D projects and training grants. The CSIC is the 5th organisation in Europe in project execution and funding. The Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP) is one of the largest institutes of the CSIC. Its major area of research is devoted to the study of catalysts and catalytic processes. The ESQ group (Energy and Sustainable Chemistry) is the largest group, both in personnel and number of scientific projects of the ICP. The Group is heavily involved in the synthesis and structure of catalysts, chemical processes and optimization and engineering of catalytic systems. Its R&D activity is focused in three broad fields: energy, new clean catalytic processes and environmental catalytic technologies. Its experience is the result of many projects funded by Spanish Government Institutions, by EU and by numerous chemical, refining and petrochemical companies. The EQS Group develop it research activity in chemical and applied chemistry fields, more specifically in synthesis and structure of heterogeneous and organometallic catalysts, chemical processes, and optimization and engineering of catalytic systems focused in three broad fields: energy, new clean catalytic processes and environmental catalytic technologies.

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V (FhG-IKTS)

The Fraunhofer Institute of Ceramic Techniques and Systems (Fraunhofer), branch Hermsdorf is staffed with 120 specialists and performs applied research in the field of technical ceramics.

The department of Environmental Engineering and Bioenergy is one of the biggest European research groups in the field of ceramic membranes. The research includes support, intermediate and separating top layers development as well as process investigation, optimisation and modelling.

BORESKOV INSTITUTE OF CATALYSIS, SIBERIAN BRANCH OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (BIC)

The Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC) is now one of the largest research centres worldwide specialized in catalysis. BIC's affiliations are in cities St-Petersburg and Volgograd. The permanent staff consists of ca. 1000 employee, among which 350 are research scientists. The BIC's R&D activities span the areas from fundamental problems of catalysis to development of new catalysts and catalytic technologies and to designing semicommercial plants for the catalysts manufacturing. The main fields of catalytic research at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis are establishment of general physicochemical regularities of catalysis, development of scientific bases for molecular design of materials and implementation of catalytic processes; creation of new generation catalysts for chemical, refinery and petrochemical industries, as well as creation of catalysts and technologies for innovative application areas.

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS (INERIS)

Founded in 1990, INERIS is a public research agency, with industrial and commercial purposes, under the supervision of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Planning. INERIS' mission is to assess and prevent accidental and chronic risks to people and the environment generated by industrial activities, chemical substances and underground works. INERIS is engaged in two main sorts of research and activities:

Characterisation and understanding of the phenomena that underlie the risks affecting safety or property of people, health and environment as a result of economic activities;

Improvement of the identification and evaluation of such risks in order to enable decision makers in the public and private sectors to adopt the most appropriate measures to improve environmental safety.

RAUSCHERT KLOSTER VEILSDORF GMBH (RKV)

Rauschert is an independent company with 110 years of experience in the manufacture of both technical ceramic and plastic components for industrial customers. We operate 15 factories worldwide, with ca. 1,300 employees. We are one of the top ten manufacturers in the technical ceramics industry worldwide, focussing on innovative products in niche markets. With a unique set of technical capabilities we are able to offer tailor made solutions for our customers' problems. As a global network of professionals, we are ambitious to build a world-class organization.

Rauschert Kloster Veilsdorf GmbH (RKV) will participate in the project. RKV is specialized in the fabrication of technical ceramics. Major products are ceramic membranes, which are sell by inopor GmbH under the brand name inopor®, ceramic heat exchangers and substrates for catalysts (honeycombs).

Ceramic Powder Technology AS (CERPOTECH)

Ceramic Powder Technology AS (CerPoTech) is a spin-off company from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and produce high quality powders by spray pyrolysis. CerPoTech was founded in 2007 by three professors at the Department of materials science and engineering at NTNU and is currently located on the university campus. The company has specialized in producing multicomponent, sub-micron ceramic oxide powders in a broad range of compositions. The spray pyrolysis technology enables powder synthesis with controlled particle size and narrow particle size distribution, high purity and homogeneous composition. Besides powder production and characterization, CerPoTech is also doing development directed to further processing of the powders such as dense targets.

www.cerpotech.com

HYBRID CATALYSIS BV (HYBRID)

Since its launch in August 2005, the validated SME Hybrid Catalysis has served the chemical industry with respect to contract R&D in advanced nanostructured catalyst development and automated screening. It has own IP on nanocatalysts that are in cases being subjected to plant trials. Currently, Hybrid has about 15 multinational customers. Hybrid is participant in the granted FP7 programs NanoHost, HiCat and INCAS as wel as participant in CatchBio, a 29 M€ Dutch research effort related to catalytic utilization of renewable feedstocks.

www.hybridcatalysis.com

HyGear B.V. (HYGEAR)

HyGear B.V. (http://www.hygear.nl) is a SME based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, with focus on development and manufacturing of hydrogen generation products, such as fuel processors for fuel cells and on-site hydrogen generators (HGS) for fuelling stations. HyGear's major strengths as a partner in international cooperative projects are its engineering skills, prototyping capabilities, flexibility and possibility to deal with changes and finally the fact that HyGear's mission is to move hydrogen related technologies closer to market entry. With natural gas based on-site HGS HyGear proved to be successful; several new technologies are under development. The process used in the on-site hydrogen generators is the same as in large-scale plants – steam methane reforming in combination with pressure swing adsorption. The advantage of the products is saving of compression energy (electrical) and transportation energy compared to trucked-in hydrogen from large plants. The cost and energy savings are up to 70% compared to traditional hydrogen supply. HyGear has also been active in metal hydride storage for stationary hydrogen supply and fuel cell systems. For both application areas on-board hydrogen storage is vital. Presently, HyGear employs 45 persons.

ABENGOA BIOENERGIA NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS SA (ABNT)

Abengoa Bioenergía is a leader in the development of New Technologies for the production of biofuels and the sustainability of raw materials, thus dedicating a large amount of resources to research work. Abengoa Bioenergía is one of the main producers of biofuels in Europe (with a production capacity of 1,500ML), followed by United States (1,400ML) and Brazil (200ML), with a total production volume of over 3,100ML.

Abengoa Bioenergía Nuevas Tecnologías (ABNT) began its operations in 2003 with the purpose of positioning Abengoa Bioenergy as the leading innovator in the Bioenergy industry, through the development of innovating technological processes for the production of biofuels, specially bioethanol and its co-products.

ABNT's team of engineers and scientists together with other R&D centers, universities and industrial partners, develops innovative processes in order to increase the bioethanol yield in dry mills, improve the quality of co-products, develop new co-products and develop biomass technology for the production of ethanol and co-products.

Quantis Sàrl (QUANTIS)

Quantis is a leading life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm specialized in supporting companies to measure, understand and manage the environmental impacts of their products, services and operations. Quantis is a global company with offices in the United States, Canada, Switzerland and France and employs close to 70 people, amongst which several are internationally renowned experts in the LCA field.

Quantis offers cutting-edge services in environmental footprinting (multiple indicators including carbon and water), eco design, sustainable supply chains and environmental communication. Quantis also provides innovative LCA software, Quantis SUITE 2.0, which enables organizations to evaluate, analyze and manage their environmental footprint with ease. Fuelled by its close ties with the scientific community and its strategic research collaborations, Quantis has a strong track record in applying its knowledge and expertise to accompany clients in transforming LCA results into decisions and action plans.

HÖGANÄS AB (HOGANAS)

Höganäs AB is the world's largest manufacturer of metal powders. Höganäs has reached this position through a devoted and continuous effort in research and development of metal powders but also metal powder applications. Today Höganäs products range from reduced iron powders to gas atomised nickel and cobalt powders over various types of gas and water atomised steel powders. Höganäs head office and R&D is located in the town of Höganäs in the south of Sweden but the products are produced in 12 production centres on four continents.

The department involved in the project focuses on the development of porous metal powder structures. The activities include development and pilot production of metal powders, alloy development, forming of unsintered structures, sintering, testing of the sintered structures and finally characterisation.

TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS RESEARCH FELUY (TOTAL PB)

Total Petrochemicals, one of the world's leading petrochemicals producers, brings together the petrochemicals activities of the Total Group: base chemicals and their related polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene).

As part of the Total Group, Total Petrochemicals draws on strong synergies with Total's refining business, particularly in Europe. To ensure ongoing development, Total Petrochemicals pursues a strategy aimed at improving the competitiveness of its plants, and at developing projects that benefit from a more favourable access to raw materials, such as ethane, or strong synergies with refining.

2 R&D centres will be involved in the project: The Feluy Research Centre (TPB: Partner #17), Total Petrochemicals' largest R&D Centre, pools catalyst expertise for petrochemicals, base chemicals, and refining. Its main mission is to improve and develop new technologies and new polyolefins jointly with the Mont/Lacq (TPF: Partner #18) (France) research centre, also involved in the project. One department of this second research centre is specialised in separation processes and especially membranes.

TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS FRANCE SA (TOTAL PF)

Total Petrochemicals, one of the world's leading petrochemicals producers, brings together the petrochemicals activities of the Total Group: base chemicals and their related polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene).

As part of the Total Group, Total Petrochemicals draws on strong synergies with Total's refining business, particularly in Europe. To ensure ongoing development, Total Petrochemicals pursues a strategy aimed at improving the competitiveness of its plants, and at developing projects that benefit from a more favourable access to raw materials, such as ethane, or strong synergies with refining.

2 R&D centres will be involved in the project: The Feluy Research Centre (TPB: Partner #17), Total Petrochemicals' largest R&D Centre, pools catalyst expertise for petrochemicals, base chemicals, and refining. Its main mission is to improve and develop new technologies and new polyolefins jointly with the Mont/Lacq (TPF: Partner #18) (France) research centre, also involved in the project. One department of this second research centre is specialised in separation processes and especially membranes.