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MEMbrane based Purification of HYdrogen System

Objective

Project MEMPHYS, MEMbrane based Purification of HYdrogen System, targets the development of a stand-alone hydrogen purification system based on a scalable membrane hydrogen purification module. Applications are for instance hydrogen recovery from biomass fermentation, industrial pipelines, storage in underground caverns, and industrial waste gas streams.
The consortium consists of six partners including two universities, two research institutes, and two companies from five different countries. The overall budget totals 2 M€, with individual budgets between 220 and 500 T€.
This project will utilize an electrochemical hydrogen purification (EHP) system. EHP has proven to produce high purity hydrogen (5N) while maintaining low energy consumption because the purification and optional compression are electrochemical and isothermal processes. A low CAPEX for the EHP system is feasible due to the significant reductions of system costs that result from recent design improvements and market introductions of various electrochemical conversion systems such as hydrogen fuel cells.
In detail, the purification process will be a two-step process. A catalyst-coated proton exchange membrane will be assisted by one selectively permeable polymer membrane. Standard catalysts are sensitive to impurities in the gas. Therefore, alternative anode catalysts for the EHP cell, an anti-poisoning strategy and an on board diagnostic system will be developed. The resulting MEMPHYS system will be multi-deployable for purification of a large variety of hydrogen sources.
A valuable feature of the MEMPHYS system is the simultaneous compression of the purified hydrogen up to 200 bar, facilitating the transport and storage of the purified hydrogen.
The MEMPHYS project offers the European Union an excellent chance to advance the expertise in electrochemical conversion systems on a continental level, while at the same time promoting the use and establishment of hydrogen based renewable energy systems.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 274 856,25

Participants (5)

HYET HYDROGEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 496 140
Address
Westervoortsedijk 71 K
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DUALE HOCHSCHULE BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 385
Address
Friedrichstrasse 14
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 990
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
BORIT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 307 936,25
Address
Lammerdries 18 D
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 388 617,50
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments