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A novel energy efficient electrodialysis cell to recycle Acids and Bases from industrial process water based on new types of electrodes to enable internal energy recovery

Objective

Within NovEED we will investigate, develop and demonstrate a novel electrocatalytic process based on electrodialysis for the efficient recovery of acids and bases from salt solutions normally discharged at cost. This process is demanded by industrial users of acids and bases, e.g. galvanic industry, metal plating and mining industries, who will be able to regenerate their neutralized solutions to recover fresh acids and bases from their waste rather than through purchase. Through development of a new stack design, process layout and metal foam electrodes with high surface area, plus the inclusion of catalytic coatings, the consortium will demonstrate a process that does not release any gases, unlike SoA electrodialysis processes. With this advantage the NovEED device will avoid all efficiency losses that make SoA processes using external fuel cells expensive and maintenance prone. NovEED will reduce the energy consumption of the electrodialysis process due to the introduction of electrocatalysis to react oxygen generated in the anode to produce water in the cathode. In recovery of sodium hydroxide and sulphuric acid this reaction will result in an energy saving of approximately 800 kWh per tonne of each chemical compared to a SoA three membrane ED stack with bipolar membranes. Efficiency will be 80% or more compared to a maximum 50% in SoA applications. We have identified that a market opportunity exists for a cost efficient electrodialysis device that enables industries to recycle used acids and bases to save money and be more environmental friendly. Additionally, the transport and storage of aggressive acids and bases will be decreased making both our streets and industrial areas safer. We anticipate there will be high uptake of this environmentally beneficial new system in industry as it requires no additional effort, and a small initial investment, to achieve significant savings after only 1 years of operation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy recovery
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrocatalysis

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 26 246
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (7)

MAGNETO SPECIAL ANODES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 233 322,50
Address
Calandstraat 109
3125BA Schiedam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petrus Jfm Hack (Mr.)
Eilenburger Elektrolyse- und Umwelttechnik GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 286 869,50
Address
Friedrich-engelhorn-str. 7
04838 Eilenburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Jürgen Förster (Dr.)
IDROPAN DELL ORTO DEPURATORI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 255 704
Address
Via Valassina 19
20159 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marialla Servida (Mrs)
CERITECH AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 975
Address
Karl Rothe Strasse 13
04105 Leipzig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Giessel (Mr.)
BAMO MESURES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 125 847
Address
Rue Voie Des Bans 22
95100 Argenteuil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandra Moinet (Ms.)
MELOTEC KUNSTSTOFFVERARBEITUNGS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 199 036
Address
Buchbrunnenweg 24
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vassili Varouchos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicola Dolman (Mrs.)