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BIOgas membrane reformer for deceNtralIzed hydrogen produCtiOn

Objective

BIONICO will develop, build and demonstrate at a real biogas plant (TRL6) a novel reactor concept integrating H2 production and separation in a single vessel. The hydrogen production capacity will be of 100 kg/day.
By using the novel intensified reactor, direct conversion of biogas to pure hydrogen is achieved in a single step, which results in an increase of the overall efficiency and strong decrease of volumes and auxiliary heat management units. The BIONICO process will demonstrate to achieve an overall efficiency up to 72% thanks to the process intensification.
In particular, by integrating the separation of hydrogen in situ during the reforming reaction, the methane in the biogas will be converted to hydrogen at a much lower temperature compared with a conventional system, due to the shifting effect on the equilibrium conversion.
The fluidization of the catalyst makes also possible to (i) overcome problems with temperature control (formation of hotspots or too low temperature), (ii) to operate with smaller particles while still maintaining very low pressure drops and (iii) to overcome any concentration polarization issue associated with more conventional fixed bed membrane reactors. Dedicated tests with different biogas composition will be carried out to show the flexibility of the process with respect to the feedstock type.
Compared with any other membrane reactor project in the past, BIONICO will demonstrate the membrane reactor at a much larger scale, so that more than 100 membranes will be implemented in a single fluidized bed membrane reactor, making BIONICO’s
In this way a more easy operation can be carried out so that a stable pure hydrogen production can be achieved. BIONICO project is based upon knowledge and experience directly gained in three granted projects: ReforCELL, FERRET and FluidCELL.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 387 172,79

Participants (8)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 497 000
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 390 173
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 941
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABENGOA INNOVACION SOCIEDAD ANONIMA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 69 872,02
Address
C Energia Solar 1 Campus Palmas Altas
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
QUANTIS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RAUSCHERT KLOSTER VEILSDORF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 303 462
Address
Industriestrasse 1
98669 Veilsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENC POWER LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 364 471,51
Address
Avenida Manuel Violas 476 Sala 13
4410 136 Vila Nova De Gaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
I.C.I CALDAIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 879 547,68
Address
Via Giovanni Pascoli 38
37059 Campagnola Di Zevio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)