ECN to cooperate in five innovative TKI projects for energy efficiency in industry

Wednesday September 13, 2017 09:19

ECN is to participate in five new innovative TKI research projects that focus on making industrial processes sustainable and achieving the Dutch CO2 emission reduction targets. The projects are: ‘Energy-efficient Industrial Drying using Absorption (IDEA)’, ‘Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat to Power and Process Heat’, ‘Cost Reduction of Industrial PEM Electrolysers (NEXTGENP2H2)’, ‘Organic Solvent Nanofiltration Membranes on Low Cost Ceramic Supports (COSMOS)’ and ‘Heat-integrated Distillation Enabling Innovative Ethylene Crackers (HEADLINES)’.

  • Industrial Drying Energy-efficiently using Absorption (IDEA) 
    This project is developing technology to efficiently recover heat from the moist air that is discharged by spray dryers by means of absorption. The project aims to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the dry sorption concept in spray dryers. The project is being implemented in a partnership with Cargill and Bronswerk Heat Transfer.

  • Thermoelectric conversion of waste heat to power and process heat
    The primary goal of this project is to develop economically feasible concepts for converting industrial high-temperature residual heat into electricity and useful heat, for example for the steel, aluminium, glass, fibreglass, rock wool, cement, ceramics and chemicals industries. The project is being conducted in cooperation with RGS Development, Tata and Ardagh.

  • Cost Reduction of Industrial PEM Electrolysers (NEXTGENP2H2)
    In a partnership with Hydron Energy and Frames, this project is conducting extensive testing on a 50kW PEM electrolyser system for the production of hydrogen from renewable electricity with the goal of achieving further cost reductions and scale the system up to 1 MW.

  • Organic solvent nanofiltration membranes on low cost ceramic supports (COSMOS)
    This project is developing a separation process that is 40% more efficient by replacing evaporation with a pressure-driven nanofiltration process. The goal of this partnership with Coorstek, the University of Twente and ISPT is to scale up new stable nanofiltration membranes for a pilot involving the separation of organic mixtures for Shell.

  • Heat-integrated Distillation enabling innovative ethylene crackers (HEADLINES)
    An electric driven distillation column (HIDiC) makes it possible to significantly reduce CO₂ emissions in the cracking process. After successful bench-scale testing at ECN, the project will develop the knowledge that is required to design a field unit. The partners in this project are Dow Benelux, Bronswerk Heat transfer, Technip Benelux and ISPT.

These projects have been granted funding as part of a tender put out by the Energy & Industry (E&I) TKI, whereby partnerships of businesses and knowledge institutions apply for grants for innovative R&D projects that will contribute to making industry more sustainable. 

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Category: Corporate, Energy efficiency