The objective is to develop membranes, modules and systems to come to a quick implementation of tubular silica membranes in dewatering pervaporation processes in the process industry as cost effective and energy efficient alternative for e.g. distillation. The work concerns the proof of concept of this energy efficient technology in organic solvent dewatering applications and in the production of esters/resins wherein the equilibrium is shifted by the removal of water. By experimental laboratory research, bench-scale studies and extensive on-site testing with real process feeds using a pilot module (1m2) the benefits among which 50% energy reductions will be shown followed by the development and testing of a semi-industrial module. The project is progressing the results of a current EU project. This novel technology will strengthen the European competitiveness, as it is the first time this technology becomes available on this scale worldwide.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts