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

BIOROBURplus
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
H2020
Call for proposals: 
2016
Project Pillar: 
Energy

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 details
Project reference: 
736272
Topic: 
FCH-02-2-2016: Development of compact reformers for distributed bio-hydrogen production
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Research & Innovation Action
Start date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017
End date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Duration: 
42 months
Project cost: 
3,813,536.24 €
Project funding: 
2,996,248.74 €
Coordinator: 

POLITECNICO DI TORINO, Italy

Contact: 
Debora Fino
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
Company Country
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE DE
SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA (SUPSI) CH
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS FR
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS EL
DBI - GASTECHNOLOGISCHES INSTITUT GGMBH FREIBERG DE
ENGICER SA CH
HYSYTECH S.R.L. IT
UAB MODERNIOS E-TECHNOLOGIJOS LT
ACEA PINEROLESE INDUSTRIALE SPA IT
PARCO SCIENTIFICO E TECNOLOGICO PER L'AMBIENTE - ENVIRONMENT PARK SPA IT
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC UK

 

 

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