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Dense membranes for efficient oxygen and hydrogen separation

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 241309

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2010

  • End date

    31 July 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 164 084,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 442 696

Coordinated by:

RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA

Italy

Objective

Membranes for oxygen and hydrogen separation play a key-role in the development of CO2 emission-free coal or natural gas power plants. In addition, cost-effective oxygen and hydrogen production processes are urgently needed in gas supply industry. Today existing membranes, however, are not able to meet the requirements for an economical use because of the high costs in combination with limited permeability values and long-term stability in the operating environment. The objective of this project is, therefore, the development of thin mixed conducting membranes for O2 and H2 separation by using a new deposition technique “Low Pressure Plasma Spraying – Thin Film” (LPPS-TF) in combination with nanoporous, highly catalytic layers. TF-LPPS is a technique based on a combination of thermal spray and Physical Vapour Deposition technology. It allows the cost-effective production of thin, dense coatings on large areas at low substrate temperatures and has already successfully been used for the deposition of membranes for the solid oxide fuel cells. In this project both ceramic and metallic substrates will be used for deposition. It is expected that, by using the LPPS-TF process a dense, stable deposit with thickness lower than 20 micron can be obtained. This would allow to increase membrane performances while decreasing their manufacturing costs. Catalytic layers will be also applied to enhance the surface reactions becoming rate limiting for thin membranes. Membrane performances will be assessed in pilot loops in order to meet specific targets in terms of permeability and stability at temperature. A modelling study concerning the integration of the developed membranes in power and hydrogen production plants will be also performed. This will provide inputs for process scale-up and cost evaluation in the selected plant configurations in order to approach zero CO2 emission and a CO2 capture cost of 15 €/ton.

Coordinator

RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA

Address

Via Raffaele Rubattino 54
20134 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 315 983

Administrative Contact

Carlo Legramandi (Dr.)

Participants (14)

CERAMIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES

France

EU Contribution

€ 306 660

GKN SINTER METALS ENGINEERING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 87 500

Sulzer Markets and Technology AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 482 100

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 485 846

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 302 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 297 315

INSTYTUT ENERGETYKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 234 173

SOL S.p.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 226 200

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 151 474

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 215 200

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 175 387

ENEL INGEGNERIA E RICERCA SPA

Italy

REPOWER ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 19 698

AMEC FOSTER WHEELER ITALIANA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 143 160

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 241309

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2010

  • End date

    31 July 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENERGY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 164 084,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 442 696

Coordinated by:

RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA

Italy