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UNIQUE gasifier for hydrogen Production

Objective

Through development and scale up activities on materials and reactors for the integration of advanced biomass steam gasification and syngas purification processes, UNIfHY aims to prove from a process, pilot and industrial scale point of view continuous pure hydrogen production from biomass, increase well-to-tank efficiency and contribute to a sustainable energy portfolio, exploiting results achieved in past R&D EU projects on hot gas catalytic conditioning.

The project is based on the utilization of plant components of proven performance and reliability and well established processes (UNIQUE coupled gasification and gas conditioning technology, Water-Gas Shift, WGS, system and Pressure Swing Adsorption, PSA, system), thus targeting up to 20 years plant durability with availability>95%.

The project benefits from the already existing laboratories and UNIQUE gasifiers in order to maximize results (technology development at process-, system- and industrial-scale) with minimum risk and budget requirement (laboratories, pilot and industrial gasifier already available).
Indirectly heated (100 kWth) and oxygen (1 MWth) steam fluidized bed gasifier power plants are tested without and with hot gas condition systems, meanwhile new materials for atmospheric pressure WGS are realized and utilized to develop a WGS reactor, that together with a ZnO reactor to reduce the sulphur compounds will be integrated with a tailored PSA in a portable purification unit, connected downstream the 1 MWth gasifier in order to yield pure hydrogen. The result will be the assessment of the two UNIfHY technologies (indirectly and oxygen gasifiers coupled to the Portable Purification Unit) for continuous production of hydrogen (up to 500 kg/day).

The huge experimental and process/system simulations activities encompass also related routes (different catalysts, also sorbents, etc.) in order to evaluate different paths and reach, at least at simulated system level, global conversion efficiency in hydrogen up to about 70%.

Finally, owing to the high level of thermal, chemical and plant integration (tar and methane reforming and particulates abatement carried out directly in the gasifier freeboard, reuse of purge gas in the process, etc.), the reduction of space and components and the investment cost savings are expected to be about 50%, bringing to a hydrogen production cost of about 5€/kg.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/meteorology/atmospheric pressure
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GUGLIELMO MARCONI - TELEMATICA
Address
Via Plinio 44
00193 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 141 016,22
Administrative Contact
Michela Ornis (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 273 029,68
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gilberto Pimpinelli (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 232,52
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Domenico Schettini
HYGEAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 810 360
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ellart De Wit (Dr.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 477 296
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pietro Massari (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG
France
EU contribution
€ 256 776
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandrine Schott-Carriere (Ms.)
ENGINEERING, PROCUREMENT & CONSTRUCTION UG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 65 317,78
Address
C/o Dehnen - Rechtsanwalte - Prinz-georg-strasse 91
40479 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Molly A. Cornish (Ms.)
PALL FILTERSYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 55 666,80
Address
Planiger Strasse 137
55543 Bad Kreuznach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steffen Heidenreich (Dr.)
AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED BUSINESS
France
EU contribution
€ 24 904
Address
Rue Cognacq-jay 6
75007 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurent Ferenczi (Mr.)