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Reverse Electrodialysis Alternative Power Production

Objective

The project is focusing on the salinity gradient power – reverse electrodialysis (SGP-RE) process. It has been shown in scientific papers that the performance of the process can be increased by an order of magnitude when brine and sea or brackish water are used for the creation of the salinity gradient rather than the current approach of seawater with fresh water. The overall potential is very high and the REAPower project aims to enable the SGP-RE technology to play an important role in the energy mix of the next decades, contributing to the major objectives of energy policy for sustainability, security of supply and competitiveness. The following specific scientific and technological objectives are expected to be achieved within the life-time of the project:

(i) Create materials and components tailored to the requirements of the process, including the membranes, spacers, electrodes and electrolyte.

(ii) Optimise the design of the SGP-RE cell pairs and stack using a computer modelling tool developed for that purpose

(iii) Verify the model, and assess the developed materials, components and design through tests on laboratory stacks.

(iv) Evaluate and improve the performance of the overall system through tests on a prototype fed with real brine from a salt pond

(v) Evaluate the results, analyse the economics, assess the environmental impacts and define the next necessary R&D activities for further development of the technology

The REAPower project explores a new path that has been so far only theoretically analysed. A highly innovative novel technology will be applied that overcomes the limitations of the current approach. The multidisciplinary consortium brings together key players from the industry and the academic world to work across traditional boundaries. The development of the new materials and components will contribute to the establishment of a strong scientific and technical base for European science and technology in this emerging area of energy research.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2010-FET
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG
Address
Sylvensteinstrasse 2
81369 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 347 722
Administrative Contact
Michael Papapetrou (Mr.)

Participants (10)

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 467 421
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Inge Genné (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 451 188
Address
Piazza Marina 61
90133 Palermo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Parafioriti (Dr.)
FUJIFILM MANUFACTURING EUROPE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 353 150
Address
Oudenstaart 1
5047 TK Tilburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kalle Möhlmann (Mr.)
NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L
Italy
EU contribution
€ 215 400
Address
Via Del Gelso 13
59100 Prato
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Enrico Venturini (Mr.)
KEMA NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 110 657
Address
Utrechtseweg 310
6812 AR Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Friso Sikkema (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DELLA CALABRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 177 888
Address
Via Pietro Bucci 7/11/B
87036 Arcavacata Di Rende
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enrico Drioli (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 217 920
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
REDSTACK BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 253 710
Address
Graaf Adolfstraat 35G
8606 BT Sneek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Siebers (Mr.)
KRATON POLYMERS LLC
United States
Address
John F. Kennedy Blvd 15170 Ste 300
77032 Houston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
George Gumulka (Dr.)
SOLARSPRING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 101 940
Address
Christaweg 40
79108 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Wieghaus (Mr.)