UNIQUE gasifier for hydrogen Production

UNIfHY
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2011
Application area: 
Hydrogen production & Distribution
Project Pillar: 
Energy

Through development and scale up activities on materials and reactors for the integration of advanced biomass steam gasification and syngas purification processes, UNIfHY aims to obtain continuous pure hydrogen production from biomass, increase well-to-tank efficiency and contribute to a sustainable energy portfolio, exploiting results achieved in past R&D EU projects on hot gas catalytic conditioning. The project is based on the utilization of plant components of proven performance and reliability and well established processes (UNIQUE coupled gasification and gas conditioning technology, Water-Gas Shift, WGS, system and Pressure Swing Adsorption, PSA, system), thus targeting up to 20 years plant durability with availability>95%. The project benefits from the already existing laboratories and UNIQUE gasifiers in order to maximize results (technology development at process-, system- and industrial-scale) with minimum risk and budget requirement (laboratories, pilot and industrial gasifier already available). New materials for atmospheric pressure WGS are realized and utilized to develop reactors, integrated with a tailored PSA in a portable purification unit, connected downstream small-to-medium scale (up to 1 MWth) UNIQUE gasifiers in order to yield pure hydrogen. The result will be two UNIfHY prototype units for continuous production of hydrogen (up to 500 kg/day). Thanks to the high level of thermal integration and to the reuse of purge gas in the process, conversion efficiency in hydrogen higher than 70% is expected. Finally, the gas conditioning system cost becomes 30% as that of a standard free-standing conditioning system, due to remarkable plant integration: reforming of both tar and methane and particulates abatement is carried out directly in the freeboard of the biomass gasifier, providing investment cost savings greater than 50%, a simplified plant layout with reduction of space and components up to 50% and a hydrogen production cost not exceeding 4€/kg.

Project reference: 
299732
Topic: 
2.3: Biomass-to-hydrogen (BTH) thermal conversion process
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012
End date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Duration: 
36 months (originally), extended to 43 months
Project cost: 
€ 3,438,061.36
Project funding: 
€ 2,203,599
Coordinator: 

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GUGLIELMO MARCONI - TELEMATICA, Italy

Contact: 
Enrico Bocci
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA ITALY
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA ITALY
HYGEAR B.V. “Engineering for sustainable growth” NETHERLANDS
Université De Strasbourg FRANCE
Engineering, Procurement & Construction GERMANY
Air Liquide FRANCE
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE,L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE ITALY
PALL FILTERSYSTEMS GMBH GERMANY

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