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Sustainable fuel production by aqueous phase reforming – understanding catalysis and hydrothermal stability of carbon supported noble metals

Sustainable fuel production by aqueous phase reforming – understanding catalysis and hydrothermal stability of carbon supported noble metals

Objective

Biomass conversion is of high priority for sustainable fuel production, to reduce the reliance of Europe on fossil fuel production and to provide environmentally friendly energy. Aqueous phase reforming (APR) is one of the most promising, competitive ways for the production of liquid and gaseous fuels from biomass, since it is low energy consuming. APR enables processing of wet biomass resources without energy intensive drying and additional hydrogen production from water by the water-gas-shift reaction. Hence, APR is one of the processes that allow fast industrialization of conversion systems suited for wet biomass resources. Catalysis is here the key technology. State-of-the-art catalysts used are a) not optimized and b) can lack hydrothermal stability. Regarding the latter, the paradigm shifts towards carbon supported catalysts, due to its superior hydrothermal stability. Within the project experts for multinational industry, SMEs and academia focus on the optimization of hydrothermally stable carbon supported catalysts for the APR to unleash the potential of catalysts. Methodology employed is not a trial and error optimization. By deduction of fundamental structure-property relationships from highly defined model catalysts a catalyst design capability is build up. This capability will be used for optimization with the objectives to increase catalyst activity, selectivity and hydrothermal stability. Cost efficient routes to produce these catalysts in a technical scale will be evaluated and a demonstration catalysts synthesized and operated in long term tests with technical feedstocks and at a competitive price.
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Address

Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 122 401,87

Administrative Contact

Christof Kuhstoss (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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ABO AKADEMI

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 388 339,60

BAYERISCHE FORSCHUNGSALLIANZ BAVARIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 308 178,98

BORESKOV INSTITUTE OF CATALYSIS, SIBERIAN BRANCH OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 281 520

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 455 874,20

FUTURE CARBON GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 288 540

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 195 508

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 331 171,20

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 341 186,40

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 421 301

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 381 823,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 310490

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 599 401,57

  • EU contribution

    € 3 515 845

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany