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Advanced direct biogas fuel processor for robust and cost-effective decentralised hydrogen production

Objective

BioROBURplus builds upon the closing FCH JU BioROBUR project (direct biogas oxidative steam reformer) to develop an entire pre-commercial fuel processor delivering 50 Nm3/h (i.e. 107 kg/d) of 99.9% hydrogen from different biogas types (landfill gas, anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, anaerobic digestion of wastewater-treatment sludges) in a cost-effective manner.
The energy efficiency of biogas conversion into H2 will exceed 80% on a HHV basis, due to the following main innovations:
1) increased internal heat recovery enabling minimisation of air feed to the reformer based on structured cellular ceramics
coated with stable and easily recyclable noble metal catalysts with enhanced coking resistance; 2) a tailored pressure-temperature-swing adsorption (PTSA) capable of exploiting both pressure and low T heat recovery from the processor to
drive H2 separation from CO2 and N2; 3) a recuperative burner based on cellular ceramics capable of exploiting the low
enthalpy PTSA-off-gas to provide the heat needed at points 1 and 2 above.
The complementary innovations already developed in BioROBUR (advanced modulating air-steam feed control system for coke growth control; catalytic trap hosting WGS functionality and allowing decomposition of incomplete reforming products; etc.) will allow to fully achieve the project objectives within the stringent budget and time constraints set by the call.
Prof. Debora Fino, the coordinator of the former BioROBUR project, will manage, in an industrially-oriented perspective, the work of 11 partners with complementary expertise: 3 universities (POLITO, KIT, SUPSI), 3 research centres (IRCE, CPERI, DBI), 3 SMEs (ENGICER, HST, MET) and 2 large companies (ACEA, JM) from 7 different European Countries.
A final test campaign is foreseen at TRL 6 to prove targets achievement, catching the unique opportunity offered by ACEA to
exploit three different biogas types and heat integration with an anaerobic digester generating the biogas itself.

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
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Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 241 900

Participants (10)

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 432 500
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 215 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 177 225
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
DBI - GASTECHNOLOGISCHES INSTITUT GGMBH FREIBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 523 971,25
Address
Halsbrucker Starsse 34
09599 Freiberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
ENGICER SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 843 750
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 130 530,28
Address
Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACEA PINEROLESE INDUSTRIALE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 221 582,21
Address
Via Vigone 42
10064 Pinerolo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 790
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)