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Biogas robust processing with combined catalytic reformer and trap

Objective

In the BioROBUR project a robust and efficient fuel processor for the direct reforming of biogas will be developed and tested at a scale equivalent to 50 Nm3/h production of PEM-grade hydrogen to demonstrate the achievement of all the call mandates. The system energy efficiency of biogas conversion into hydrogen will be 65%, for a reference biogas composition of 60%vol CH4 and 40%vol CO2.
Key innovations of the BioROBUR approach are:
- The choice of an autothermal reforming route, based on easily-recoverable noble-metal catalysts supported on high-heat-conductivity cellular materials, which shows intrinsic advantages compared to steam reforming: catalysts less prone to coking, easier adaptability to biogas changing composition, more compact design, efficient handling of heat, lower materials costs, fast start-up/shut-down, easier process control, etc.
- The adoption of a multifunctional catalytic wall-flow trap based on transition metal catalysts, close coupled to the ATR reformer, which could entail effective filtration and conversion of soot particles eventually generated in the inlet part of the reformer during steady or transient operation, the decomposition of traces of incomplete reforming products (i.e. aldehydes, ethylene,…), the promotion of the WGS reaction to a significant extent so as to lower the size of the WGS unit, etc.
- The adoption of a coke growth control strategy based on periodic pulses of air/steam or on momentary depletion of the biogas feed so as to create adequate conditions in the ATR reactor for an on-stream regeneration of the catalysts, thereby prolonging the operating lifetime of the catalysts with no need of reactor shut-down.
Under the experienced coordination of Prof. Debora Fino, the project will integrate, in an industrially oriented exploitation perspective, the contribution of 9 partners (3 universities, 2 research centres, 3 SMEs and 1 large company from 7 different European Countries) with complementary expertise.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Italy

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Pertusato (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 424 913

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERGAKADEMIE FREIBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 639 182
Address
Akademiestrasse 6
09599 Freiberg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimosthenis Trimis (Prof.)
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 128 073
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alberto Ortona (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 288 196
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pascaline Toutois (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 198 200
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Soouzana Lorentzou (Dr.)
Erbicol SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 167 120
Address
Viale Pereda 22
6828 Balerna

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandro Gianella (Mr.)
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 334 356
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Antonini (Mr.)
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 302 340
Address
Vismaliuku G 34
10423 Vilnius

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Danguole Draguniene (Mrs.)
PIRELLI & C. ECO TECHNOLOGY RO SRL

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Romania
EU contribution
€ 3 800
Address
Bumbesti Strada 462 A
215100 Bumbesti-jiu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ion Popescu (Mr.)