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Hybrid Membrane - Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Hydrogen Purification Systems

Objective

The main goal of the proposed work is the design and testing of hybrid separation schemes that combine membrane and Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology for the purification of H2 from a reformate stream that also contains CO2, CO, CH4, and N2. The general objectives comply with SP1-JTI-FCH.2010.2.3: “Development of gas purification technologies”, which is part of the application area SP1-JTI-FCH.2: “Hydrogen production & distribution”.
A hybrid process should combine the very high throughput and purity of a PSA process with a membrane separation process which has lower operating costs. As a result a hybrid process is expected to increase the overall H2 recovery without sacrificing its purity. Furthermore, it provides the means for co-producing CO2 stream ready for capture and sequestration.
In order to achieve this goal the following scientific and technological objectives have been identified the proposed two year project:
•Optimization of the carbon membrane synthesis procedure and scale–up of their production.
•Detailed characterization & generation of transport & adsorption data for the adsorbent and membrane materials
•Investigate the benefits of using layered adsorbents on the PSA performance.
•Simultaneous design, control and optimization of a hybrid PSA membrane separation system.
•Evaluation of membrane material performance under real operating conditions.
•Assembly and testing of a hybrid membrane – PSA separation system.
•Investigation of the potential of generating a CO2 rich stream ready for capture.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2010-1
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Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 152 500
Administrative Contact
Antonia Fardis (Ms.)

Participants (4)

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 90 235
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro (Ms.)
PROCESS SYSTEMS ENTERPRISE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 187 379
Address
Hammersmith Grove 26-28 6Th Floor East
W6 7HA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Constantinos Christou Pantelides (Prof.)
HYGEAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 230 835
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ellart De Wit (Dr.)
CERAMIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES
France
EU contribution
€ 164 372
Address
Avenue Du Moulinas 382 La Resclause
30340 Salindres
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nadine Del Bianco (Mrs.)