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Low cost, super efficient and jet fire resistant cryogenic thermal insulation half shell structures using geopolymer technology for LNG pipeline applications

Objective

Natural gas may be liquefied at -160oC thereby reducing its volume and providing an economic means for its transportation. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) enables gas markets to be connected with more distant export sources thereby improving market competitiveness and stability. Effective thermal insulation is critical to energy management throughout the LNG value chain, impacting on competitiveness and profitability. Furthermore, durability and fire protection are important to ensuring safety and protection of capital infrastructure.

Existing insulation systems are based on cellular foam or powder insulation structures, pipe-in-pipe vacuum insulated structures, or hybrid systems combining foam / powder and vacuum. Whilst cellular and powder materials are low cost, they are time consuming to install, rapidly degrade under cryogenic temperatures and are fixed in place preventing routine inspection. Whilst offering high performance, vacuum systems are expensive, complex to install and rapidly lose their vacuum with time. None of the existing systems offer adequate fire protection. The CryoWrap project will develop a highly innovative LNG insulation system incorporating emerging geopolymer & aeroclay material science & novel production processes, achieving:

• Enhanced insulation performance and service lifetime (improved energy & maintenance cost efficiency)

• High jet fire resistance performance for protection of infrastructure assets (Prioritising safety and added value)

• Energy efficient production of standardised and unique insulation half shell shapes (reduced environmental impact & cost competitiveness)

• Rapid on-site installation (greater flexibility and reduced installation costs)

• Efficient removal & re-installation (enabling routine inspection & ease of maintenance)

The global LNG insulation market is worth >€1 billion. The CryoWrap consortium target €35 million business
growth within a 3 year period with the creation of 72 jobs.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

Advanced Insulation Systems Ltd
Address
Quedgeley West Business Park - Bristol Road
GL2 4PA Gloucester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 369 792
Administrative Contact
Sarah Rogers (Dr.)

Participants (6)

ALSITEK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 236 465
Address
Maxwell Road Alfric Square 25
PE2 7JP Peterborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Andrew Pickstone (Mr.)
ATARD SAVUNMA VE HAVACILIK SANAYI ILERI TEKNOLOJI UYGULAMALARI ARASTIRMA VE GELISTIRME A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 248 924
Address
Hadimkoy San Bir 5 Bolge 12 Cad No 106 Bolum 2/3 Buyukcekmece
34500 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cem Sapmaz (Mr.)
IBZ-SALZCHEMIE GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 224 564
Address
"Gewerbegebiet ""Schwarze Kiefern"""
09633 Halsbruecke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerald Ziegenbalg (Dr.)
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LAS INDUSTRIAS DE LA CONSTRUCCION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 18 396
Address
Calle Benjamin Franklin 17 Parque Tecnologico Sn
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Solange Taub (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 17 518
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 976
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stuart Martin (Mr.)