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Project BIOROBURplus

Project subtitle

Advanced direct biogas fuel processor for robust and cost-effective decentralised hydrogen
production

BioROBURplus builds upon the closing FCH JU BioROBUR project (direct biogas oxidative steam reformer) to develop an entire pre-commercial fuel processor delivering 50 Nm3/h (i.e. 107 kg/d) of 99.9% hydrogen from different biogas types (landfill gas, anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, anaerobic digestion of wastewater-treatment sludges) in a cost-effective manner. The energy efficiency of biogas conversion into H2 will exceed 80% on a HHV basis, due to the following main innovations: 1) increased internal heat recovery enabling minimisation of air feed to the reformer based on structured cellular ceramics coated with stable and easily recyclable noble metal catalysts with enhanced coking resistance; 2) a tailored pressure-temperature-swing adsorption (PTSA) capable of exploiting both pressure and low T heat recovery from the processor to drive H2 separation from CO2 and N2; 3) a recuperative burner based on cellular ceramics capable of exploiting the low enthalpy PTSA-off-gas to provide the heat needed at points 1 and 2 above. The complementary innovations already developed in BioROBUR (advanced modulating air-steam feed control system for coke growth control; catalytic trap hosting WGS functionality and allowing decomposition of incomplete reforming products; etc.) will allow to fully achieve the project objectives within the stringent budget and time constraints set by the call. Prof. Debora Fino, the coordinator of the former BioROBUR project, will manage, in an industrially-oriented perspective, the work of 11 partners with complementary expertise: 3 universities (POLITO, KIT, SUPSI), 3 research centres (IRCE, CPERI, DBI), 3 SMEs (ENGICER, HST, MET) and 2 large companies (ACEA, JM) from 7 different European Countries. A final test campaign is foreseen at TRL 6 to prove targets achievement, catching the unique opportunity offered by ACEA to exploit three different biogas types and heat integration with an anaerobic digester generating the biogas itself.

Project Information

Type of project : Research

Timing : 01/01/2017 > 30/06/2020

Project Budget : 3.813.536 €

Funding



Project partners

Coordinator :
Politecnico di Torino

Partners :
KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
CERTH (National Centre for Research and Technology Hellas) with CPERI
HYSYTECH S.r.l.
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALEDELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA

DBI - GASTECHNOLOGISCHES INSTITUT GGMBH FREIBERG

ENGICER SA

UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS

ACEA PINEROLESE INDUSTRIALE SPA


Sub project(s)

1

Sub project 1

Country
Italy
Address

CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24 10129 TORINO

Sub project categories
geo
45.062492, 7.6622029

Project Id: 921

This project datasheet was last updated on : 21.11.2017

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