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MEthane activation via integrated MEmbrane REactors

Objective

The key objective of the MEMERE project is the design, scale-up and validation of a novel membrane reactor for the direct conversion of methane into C2H4 with integrated air separation. The focus of the project will be on the air separation through novel MIEC membranes integrated within a reactor operated at high temperature for OCM allowing integration of different process steps in a single multifunctional unit and achieving much higher yields compared with conventional reactor .

To achieve this MEMERE aims at developing novel, cheap yet more resistant oxygen selective membranes (target costs < 5000€/m2) for efficient air separation and distributive oxygen feeding to the reactor. The objective is to give a robust proof of concept and validation of the technology (TRL 5) of the new technology by designing, building, operating and validating a prototype module based on the OCM technology that will be integrated in a mini-plant built in containers. MEMERE technology will deliver direct conversion of methane to C2+ with a reduced energy penalty in a much effective way (target C2 yields >30%) as compared to currently available techniques contributing to the implementation of the Roadmap and Implementation Plan for process intensification of the SET-Plan. Additionally, as air integration is integrated in an efficient way in the reactor, the MEMERE technology can be used a small scales to convert methane produced in remote areas where conventional technologies cannot be exploited.
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Address

Groene Loper 3
5612 Ae Eindhoven

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 816 280

Participants (10)

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 566 826

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 691 008,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 615 728,75

MARION TECHNOLOGIES S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 354 563,75

HYGEAR TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 669 168,75

QUANTIS

Switzerland

FINDEN LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 558 125

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 575 857,50

RAUSCHERT HEINERSDORF - PRESSIG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 186 675

CIAOTECH Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 394 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 679933

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2015

  • End date

    30 September 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.5.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 745 108,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 428 858,50

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands