The general objective of the NANOMEMC2 project is to contribute to a real and effective deployment of CCS technologies by reducing the cost and energy penalty of CO2 capture through the
development and optimal integration of innovative membranes for CO2 separation within different energy
intensive industrial processes.
It will be implemented through the attainment of the scientific NANOMEMC2 main goal: to fully develop the potential of membranes in the selective capture of CO2 from gaseous emissions, increasing the efficiency of the capture step, and reducing the overall CCS cost below the value of 40€/tonne of CO2 avoided.
NANOMEMC2 will focus on both pre-Combustion and post-combustion strategies thus applying new membranes for separation of CO2 on both fuels and flue gases. To that aim, both CO2 selective and hydrogen selective membranes will be considered in the project to increase flexibility thus maximize the chance of success of the proposed technologies. A novel generation of highly functionalized nano-fillers as well as of novel preparation technologies, able to simultaneously increase permeance and selectivity of the final membranes will be used for the synthesis of advanced hybrid materials. The tunable structure of the nano-particles and a proper functionalization design will allow this new class of nano-material-enhanced hybrid membranes to meet the industrial criteria for a wide deployment of capture process in existing and future energy intensive industrial plants.
NANOMEMC2 will also address the development of new, high efficiency capture processes by actively coupling the research for novel membranes with the simulation and techno-economic analysis of different possible schemes for the efficient implementation of the capture step in the industrial plants of interest.
This specific objectives will be complemented by the NANOMEMC2 cooperation goal: to establish a strong cooperation between Europe and the Republic of Korea in the field of CCS in order to exploit complementary expertise and accelerate the progression towards industrial development of CO2 capture solutions. The project will develop a constant flow of knowledge and information with the Korean partners that is at the forefront of research in terms of membrane technology for CO2 capture. In line with the strategic approach adopted by the EU in the international cooperation for R&I and as reinforced at the 5th EU-Korea Joint S&T Cooperation Committee in June 2015, the EU and Korea face similar challenges and share many values and concerns. CCS is one of these challenges and thus focusing the collaboration among European and Korean scientists and innovators will provide mutual beneficial.