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Tandem Electrocatalytic Reactor for energy/Resource efficiency And process intensification

Objective

"TERRA project aims to develop, from TRL 3 to 5, a tandem electrocatalytic reactor (TER) coupling an oxidation reaction to a reduction reaction, with thus the great potential advantage of i) saving resources and energy (needed to produce the oxidant and reductants for the two separate reactions), and ii) intensify the process (reduce the nr. of steps, coupling two synthesis processes and especially eliminating those to prepare the oxidation and reduction agents). The proposal address one of SPIRE Roadmap Key Actions “New ways of targeting energy input via electrochemical”.
The TER unit may be used in a large field of applications, but will be developed for a specific relevant case: the synthesis of PEF (PolyEthylene Furanoate), a next generation plastic. TERRA project aims to make a step forward in this process by coupling the FDCA and MEG synthesis in a single novel TER reactor, with relevant process intensification.
Between the elements of innovation of the approach are: i) operation at higher T,P than ""conventional"" electrochemical devices for chemical manufacturing, ii) use of noble-metal-free electrocatalysts, iii) use of novel 3D-type electrodes to increase productivity, iv) use of electrode with modulation of activity, v) possibility to utilize external bias (from unused electrical renewable energy) to enhance flexibility of operations.
In addition to scale-up reactor and test under environmental relevant conditions (TRL 5), the approach in TERRA project is to address the critical elements to pass from lab-scale experimentation to industrial prototype with intensified productivity. These developments are critical for a wider use of electrochemical manufacturing in chemical and process industries.
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Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrocatalysis
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

European Research Institute of Catalysis A.I.S.B.L.
Address
Rond-point Schuman 14
1040 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 688 247,50

Participants (7)

AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 801 706
Address
Zekeringstraat 29
1014 BV Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MAGNETO SPECIAL ANODES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 429 000
Address
Calandstraat 109
3125BA Schiedam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GENSORIC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 403 000
Address
Gerhart-hauptmann-strasse 23
18055 Rostock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 509 000
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 587 925
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 605 906
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments