programmes (acting as coordinator in 58 of these, total budget 87.5 m€). On the European side, Unibo is member of the major European Networks and stakeholders thematic groups, such as: the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA); the European Technology Platforms (ETP) SuSchem, WSSTP, BioFules; the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) Water challenges, FACCE, Oceans; the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Spire; the KIC Climate; the EIP Water Challenges. In addition Unibo is candidate of the consortium for the KIC RawMatters. In the first year of Horizon 2020, UNIBO won 63 projects for a total budget up to now higher than 14 m€.
NANOMEMC2 project in particular will take place in the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Material Engineering (DICAM) which is part of the school of engineering and architecture and is composed of more than 100 full time professors and researchers and about 150 PhD, Post Docs and graduate students. The research topics of the department cover very different areas and many different research group. Among the others the research group of Diffusion in Polymer focuses on the experimental analysis and modelling of mass transport in polymeric films and membranes in view of the optimization of materials properties for the applications of interest. This group will be involved in NANOMEMC2 where it will use the described expertise for the development and testing of membrane materials suitable for high efficiency carbon capture applications.
The UNIBO research unit will be the coordinator of the NANOMEMC2 project and the leader of WP1 “Coordination and management”. Apart from that UNIBO will also lead WP2, related to the materials development where it will focus on the development of Facilitated Transport and Continuous Phase hybrid membranes for CO2 Capture. UNIBO will be also involved in:
WP3, where it will test the membranes developed in WP2 in a wide range of operative conditions and with particular reference to pre-combustion capture applications for both CPHM and FCHM.
WP4 where it will focus on the development of structure properties relationship able to guide the material development and on the construction of macroscopic models for the description and prediction of membrane behavior in different operative conditions. These model will serve as a base for process simulation analysis (WP5) and system scale up (WP6).
WP7 and WP8 where, as Coordinator, it will have a significant role both in the dissemination and in keeping contact end ensure twinning activity with Korean Partner.
The College of Science and Engineering is one of the three academic Colleges at the University of Edinburgh. With nearly 2,000 staff and 7,500 students, it one of the largest science and engineering groupings in the UK. It is also in the front rank of the UK University science and engineering groupings for research quality and research income. In the most recent (2014) UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) the College of Science & Engineering continues to be a top performer and was classified as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The results reveal that overall 84 per cent of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories – 4* and 3*– which are classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Edinburgh is also one of a select group of British universities to achieve outstanding results when demonstrating the impact of its research on wider society. More than half of its research in this category has been classed as ‘world leading’. The College of Science and Engineering consists of seven academic schools: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. One of the Universities fundamental missions is the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. With that in mind the College strives to produce graduates equipped for both personal and professional achievement and this is reflected through the up-to-date content of all teaching material to reflect the latest development in research and at the same time be responsive to the needs of employers and Industry. The College is also a key player in European research collaborations, participating in 125 projects in Framework 6,235 projects in Framework 7, and 72 projects in Horizon 2020 to date. This includes 43 ERC awards and more than 90 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions awards. In addition to successful participation in European projects, the College is home to one of the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Prof. Peter Higgs who discovered a mechanism that enables elementary particles to acquire mass and shares it with Prof Englert from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
The School of Engineering
The School has wide-ranging, comprehensive and exciting research activities. The research is carried out in a broad scope of challenging engineering research themes within six institutes: Institute for Bioengineering (IBioE); Institute for Digital Communications (IDCoM); Institute for Energy Systems (IES); Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE); Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP); Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS). Within the IMP, the carbon capture group has developed expertise in the detailed modelling and optimization of separation processes with over 6M Euros of funded research over the past 5 years investigating next generation separation processes based on adsorption and membrane systems with a wide range of experimental systems.
In this project, UEDIN will contribute in characterization of the materials produced by the partners in particular for permeation measurement of pure gases and mixture, including high temperature and high pressure measurements.UEDIN will also lead the molecular modelling modelling activity of the project and participate in the process simulation. UEDIN has extensive experience in process flow sheet modelling and membrane separation processes. Finally UEDIN will coordinate the twinning activities with the Korean partner.
NTNU’s membrane group (Memfo) at the Department of Chemical engineering will contribute to the project. The group is highly recognized internationally, and is working on membrane material development, tailoring of membranes for specific separations, industrial applications and process simulations. Memfo is a core participant in the ECCSEL project. The advanced lab facilities at Memfo provide most of the facilities needed in this project. Memfo has been involved in many EU projects on CO2 capture (e.g, DECARBIT, NanoGloWa, HiPerCap). Memfo is also partner in many national research projects like NanoMBE, MCILCO2, BIGCCS, BIGCO2, FSC-Membrane and Nagama. A very successful sample of CO2 separation membrane development is the fixed-site-carrier membrane for CO2 capture, where the group has several patents, and has demonstrated on pilot scale this membrane at a coal fired power plant in Portugal.
NTNU will lead the WP3, focused on testing the separation performance of the membrane synthesized in the WP2, with pure and mixed gas separation experiments in various conditions. Furthermore, NTNU will take part in the WP2, synthesizing hybrid membranes based on Graphene and Nanocellulose provided by partners and carrying out the characterization of these membranes in terms of chemical structure, morphology and water uptake. In the WP4, NTNU will carry CO2 sorption tests and mechanical stability tests of the membranes under humid conditions. Finally, in the WP6 NTNU will be responsible for the subtask of upscaling the membrane production, by preparing pre-pilot membranes modules.
The USFD team will contribute primarily to WP6, focusing on aiding the development, scale-up and construction of the membrane test module, as well as extensive testing of the pilot system when deployed at the PACT Facilities. Key performance indicators will be used to fully characterize and assess its operation and performance under a range of industrially-relevant environments, as considered and determined by the other WPs. We will also contribute to WP5 to develop state of the art physical sub-models. Links and interactions with WP2/3 are of paramount importance throughout the duration of the project and the team will also participate considerably in WP1/7/8, for coordination, management, dissemination and twinning activities.
BP will make significant contribution to Work-Package 5 “Process Design and Simulation” and Work Package 7 “Dissemination and Exploitation of Results”. BP has knowledge and experience of a number of CO2 capture technology evaluations and bench-marking studies including cost-estimation methodologies from Europe and North America that will be useful. BP has delivered innovative results through process synthesis in similar projects. BP will participate in setting-up and delivering the results of Work-Package 5 by participating in idea generation/brainstorming and review/development activities. BP has experience of building techno-economic models and producing results. In this project BP will help to develop the approach and act as reviewer of the output. BP will provide input and help to review the output from Work-Package 7. BP has back-ground knowledge and experience of energy markets in Europe and across the world including policy and regulatory developments and how they might drive the demand for low-carbon technologies including CCS. As an operator and end-user of energy technologies BP is a potential future customer for the technology and will bring input from this important perspective. BP also has knowledge of state of the art technologies and other emerging technologies in terms of performance and cost and will bring this input into this analysis. As the leading participant in the CO2 Capture Project (CCP), which is a collaborative project involving oil and gas companies with world-wide operations, through a joint work-shop BP will facilitate the dissemination of project deliverables to CCP and feed-back to the project on the technology in development and the dissemination and exploitation of results.
In a sector of industry that contemplates huge volumes and with a strong incidence of energy costs, a key to success has certainly been the availability of highly efficient plants, that are able to reduce both loss of energy and of raw materials.
All this thanks to the will of always targeting the use of the best available technologies on the market and on the continuous upgrading of its plants, that today may well be considered amongst the most advanced in Europe.
Colacem, as main company of the “Financo” Group, reaches a domestic production of around 3,6 million tons thanks to its 7 Italian plants located in Caravate (Varese), Rassina (Arezzo), Ghigiano (Perugia), Sesto Campano (Isernia), Galatina (Lecce), Modica and Ragusa (Ragusa).
The Company is also present internationally in 3 different continents, with various plants (in Tunisia, Dominican Repubblic, Canada and Albania) and terminals (in Spain, Jamaica and Haiti).
Colacem headquarters are located in Gubbio (Perugia).
Colacem will support the project by designing and constructing the pre-pilot test rigs to be installed in one of its Italian Cement Plant. Process simulation and modelling will be considered in order to study the integration of new materials and technologies in already existing cement plant. Colacem will support the project also providing all necessary data regarding the gas composition at the stack emission point and eventually its possible modification with respect to temperature, pressure and humidity. Colacem technical staff at plant level will support the pilot plant test by adapting the gas sampler to its stack emission and furnishing all services eventually necessary (i.e. power supply, water, air compression service line, etc.) Colacem, during the pilot plant test, will also record all the cement kiln process parameters for further evaluation and comparison. Colacem will join the consortium aiming to develop its interest in the field of CO2 capture and its presence in the consortium will guarantee the focus will be maintained on the industrial implementation at the same time Colacem will help guiding the research towards industrially exploitable results, throughout the whole duration of the project.
Fujifilm will develop innovative continuous phase hybrid membranes (CPHM), being nano-structured membranes, designed for the tuning of sieving effects towards different gasses by control of the membrane interphase interactions, leading to beyond the state of the art selectivities, with a focus on pre-combustion carbon capture solutions (a.o. CO2/CH4). Fujifilm will also design the spiral wound modules based on both FTHM (WP2 and WP6 task 6.1) and CPHM (WP2) sheet membrane recipes. This task will include preliminary engineering design, pre-prototype and prototype making. These modules will be assembled in the pilot facility of Fujifilm, where spiral-wound modules are being produced since September, 2014 when the pilot line was officially launched. Fujifilm has a research team of 30 members active in the field of novel membrane technologies. Fujifilm has all pilot plant facilities required for scaling up of coating processes, and for design and making of modules for gas selectivity tests under real harsh conditions (simulating the industrial environments).
SUPREN is member of: Energy Efficiency Export Initiative, launched by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, (www.efficiency-from-germany.info/en); Cluster EnergyRegion.NRW, organized by the energy agency of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (www.energieregion.nrw.de); DECHEMA, the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, (www.dechema.de); SUSCHEM, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (www.suschem.org); A.SPIRE, the association representing the private sector in the Sustainable Process Industry Public-Private Partnership under the European Framework Program Horizon 2020 (www.spire2030.eu).
Regarding other EU projects in the context of CO2 capture, SUPREN’s key scientific staff has been involved in CACHET (FP6) and is involved in INTERACT (FP7, see www.interact-co2.eu).
Considering their knowledge and experience in process development and engineering of whole processes, plants and sites, SUPREN will mainly contribute to RTD WPs: SUPREN’s is workpackage leader of WP5 on process modeling, optimization and assessment. SUPREN is partner in on material modeling (WP4) and module development and industrial testing (WP6). Furthermore SUPREN contributes to the twinning activities (WP8) as well as to dissemination and exploitation (WP7) activities.
WP2 Nanomaterials and membrane production – GNext is a relatively young company but relying on a solid background; our team members have been actively working in developing graphene applications since 2008. Our strong expertise, both in academic research and industrial production, is the backbone of the company. GNext already boosted the transition from lab scale to industrial production of various graphene-based material. Our method of graphene production (patented) has many advantages as compared to the actual state of the art. Besides the low costs of production and the high quality of our graphene, the material is dispersed in water medium and the manufacturing process does not involve the use of any toxic or harmful exfoliating agent, neither any dangerous technique nor equipment. The whole production and processing is performed at low temperature, allowing simple processing on any polymeric substrate. The new technology allows producing composite, coating and inks to be used with standard industrial technologies, thus allowing an easily and straightforward industrial production of new developed material. GNext is taking advantage of its knowledge by reprocessing also third party graphenes. Powdered graphene or graphene derivatives might be difficult to handle or process, due to their low apparent density and to the strongly hydrophobic behavior. We rework these materials in order to improve the polymer dispersion and flake wettability, this treatment guarantees a better matrix dispersion and reduces the amount of fines during the use. Our company has already experience on membrane development for gas separation and we are confident in bringing a strong added value to the development of the materials seek in this project.
InoFib will be in charge of the production and the chemical surface modification of nanofibrillated cellulose at labscale in order to obtain new membranes for carbon capture. It is clear that InoFib is the good partner to develop this kind of materials thanks to its knowledges related to nanofibrils of cellulose.
PNO is a European group, made up of a pool of around 250 professionals including scientists, engineers,
consultants, a Brussels policy advisory service, as well as financial and legal experts, with consolidated experience in innovation processes and funding in international working environments (Europe, Latin America, and USA). Created in 1985, PNO is a high-growth knowledge intensive company, operating in 12 European countries. The growth is explained by a unique combination of services, based on profound insight in research, innovation and funding strategies, up-to-date knowledge and over 25 years of hands-on expertise with real-life European innovation projects and more than 500 funding programmes in most EU countries. The company has the proven capability to link innovation suppliers and adopters from a unique Europe-wide client network in multiple sectors, using advanced methodologies, ICT solutions and proprietary on-line networking.
PNO has its own community building, management and dissemination tools, the core one being Innovation
Place © www.innovationplace.eu. With Innovation Place, PNO offers its clients an innovative service concept, up-to-date web-based tool, knowledge base and European wide communities to manage their own innovation, projects, funding knowledge and networks, combined with the best consultancy support.
As key advisor to the European Technology Platform (ETP) SusChem, the European Council for the Chemical
Industry (CEFIC) and Association SPIRE PNO supports the development of medium to long term research and
innovation agendas for resource efficiency, amongst others supporting the drive towards the security in Critical Raw Materials. Furthermore, PNO recently co-managed the process of developing a Public Private Partnership and the SPIRE 2030 Innovation Roadmap (www.spire2030.eu) for the sustainable process industry, as well as the new Vision and Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda of WssTP for the innovation in the field of Water, as input toHORIZON 2020.
PNO will be the leader of WP7 on Dissemination and Exploitation activities, including stakeholders analysis and mapping, Business and exploitation plan, dissemination strategy and activities. Moreover it will lead LCA and technoeconomic assessment activities in WP5. Participation to main testing activities in WP6 will be also ensured so as to collect relevant data for LCA and techno-economic assessment.