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Catalytic membrane Reactors based on New mAterials for C1-C4 valorization (CARENA)

Scope of work: EP

Country: Netherlands

Client: Funded by EU

Status: Completed

Project highlights

reduction of environmental impact
Minimize catalyst regeneration and plant complexity

The objective of the project is to develop and implement novel nano-structured materials and optimized membrane reactor based chemical processes to enable the efficient conversion of light alkanes and CO2 into higher value chemicals. 

The basic idea of the project is to reduce the dependence from naphtha, crude oil as feedstock, moving the chemical industry to feedstock like methane, coal and biomass to stay competitive. The innovative solutions developed can cope both benefits in terms of: (i) creation of new possibilities for the use of cheaper, less reactive raw feedstocks, (ii) reduction of environmental impact, energy and raw material consumption by increasing process selectivity, developing innovative process schemes and reducing the balance of Plant components. 
Within the project, three feedstocks were addressed: (i) methane for ethylene and methanol (via syngas) production, (ii) propane to acrylic acid (via propylene), (iii) CO2 to methanol production. 

For the propane feedstock, the core of the R&D project was the development of innovative process schemes for propylene production by selective propane dehydrogenation assisted with Pd-based membrane reactor. The main idea was to minimize catalyst regeneration and plant complexity.
The Project was funded by European Commission in the FP7 Programme under the call "NMP-2010-2.4-1 New materials and/or membranes for catalytic reactors". The project was started in 2011 and concluded in 2015. Among 18 Partners of the project, key industrial players such as Arkema, Akzo Nobel, Johnson Matthey can be mentioned. ECN (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands) was the Project Coordinator.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7-NMP-2010-Large-4, under Grant Agreement no. 263007 (acronym CARENA).