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Advanced m-CHP fuel CELL system based on a novel bio-ethanol Fluidized bed membrane reformer

Objective

FLUIDCELL aims the Proof of Concept of an advanced high performance, cost effective bio-ethanol m-CHP FC system for decentralized off-grid, by improving technology developments from previous EU projects. The improvements will be achieved by development of a) better system integration using a fluidized bed catalytic membrane reactor working at low temperature (<500°C) b)innovative materials;Pd pore filled (PdPF) membrane, low temperature autothermal ethanol steam reforming (AESR) catalysits and c) most advance FC technologies. Low temperature allows lower thermal duty, higher compactness, use of less expensive materials and long term stability.
The H2 is produced from bioethanol which is non-toxic, high energy density, easy handling fuel which can be obtained from cellulose or lignocellulose. Compared with standard AESR, the use of a membrane reactor allows operating at lower temperatures while also suppressing the methane formation via the in-situ recovery of H2. The fluidized bed system allows operating at a virtually uniform temperature which is beneficial in terms of both membrane stability and durability and for the reaction selectivity and yield; since the possible carbonaceous depositions are better exposed to contact with steam and, therefore, faster gasified; in addition, the feedstock is in contact with all the catalyst particles and the fluxes and temperatures are homogeneous, avoiding any polarization phenomena along the membrane.
The use of the H2-selective Pd membrane, as proposed in FluidCELL, can circumvent the constraint of high temperatures by shifting the equilibriums, allowing higher H2 yield at much lower temperatures. Besides, the possible detrimental erosion of the membrane produced by fluidized bed will be diminished by considering the use of PdPF membranes where Pd is located inside the nanopores of a ceramic support located below a ceramic protecting layer; this innovative membrane will be for the first time used in fluidized bed reactors.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2013-1
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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
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Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
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Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 389 051
Administrative Contact
Jon Zuñiga Palacio (Mr.)

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 362
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laurent Nelissen (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 383 388
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valérie Barthel (Mrs.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 166 950
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Piampiano (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 255 380
Address
Via Giovanni Paolo Ii 132
84084 Fisciano Sa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Palma (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 103 431
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro (Ms.)
I.C.I CALDAIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 394 780
Address
Via Giovanni Pascoli 38
37059 Campagnola Di Zevio
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matteo Dalla Bona (Mr.)
HYGEAR BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 439 599
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73
6827 AV Arnhem
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ellart De Wit (Dr.)
QUANTIS
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 150 400
Address
Parc Scientifique Epfl Pse D
1024 Ecublens Vd
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anne-Laure Berset (Ms.)