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Reactor optimisation by membrane enhanced operation

Objective

The integration of reaction and downstream processing steps into a single unit is of central importance in order to achieve a new level of process intensification for catalytic driven and eco-friendly reaction systems. This disruptive technology concept has the ability to reduce the total energy consumption of large volume industrial processes by up to 78%. Additionally, emissions can be reduced by up to 90%

To achieve this, HOMOGENEOUS catalysts are supported on membranes. Embedding the homogeneous catalysts in thin films of non-volatile ionic liquids (SILP technology) will maintain their catalytic abilities as in the homogeneous phase while the anchoring directly on the membrane ensures a most efficient separation.

The new technology concept will be proven by two prominent large volume reaction types: a) Processes with undesired consecutive reactions like hydroformylation and b) Equilibrium driven reactions like water gas shift (WGS) reaction.
These processes for bulk chemicals and bio energy applications have been chosen to demonstrate the high impact of the ROMEO technology in an industrial near environment.

Nonetheless, it is a core task to also get a detailed understanding of the general processes on a molecular level for the different required functionalities. One achievement will therefore be to provide a modelling “tool-box” that can be applied to any other process in order to check the benefits of the ROMEO technology for a specific reaction in a short time.

The ROMEO reactor methodology allows being highly flexible and adapting to both different process and volume requirements. An increase in production volume can then be achieved by a simple numbering up of reactor modules.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EVONIK PERFORMANCE MATERIALS GMBH
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 541 250

Participants (9)

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 814 500
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 897 000
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 583 750
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEST - BIOENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 564 442,50
Address
Inffeldgasse 21B
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
LIQTECH INTERNATIONAL A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 373 952,50
Address
Industriparken 22C
2750 Ballerup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
European Membrane House
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 625
Address
Avenue Des Arts 8
1210 Brussels
Activity type
Other
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 210 011,25
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
LINDE GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Dr.-carl-von-linde-str. 6-14
82049 Pullach I.isartal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVONIK TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 623 141,25
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)