CUMERI

Explore the potential of customized membrane systems to transform industrial processes and reduce carbon emissions.

Making the industry more resilient and meeting the challenge of climate neutrality has become a growing concern, at the heart of the European Green Deal objectives.

Vegan Leather is a member of CrossRoads2: Sustainable Energy, which is financed by Interreg V Flanders-Netherlands, the cross-border cooperation programme with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund.

The Problem

Making the industry more resilient and meeting the challenge of climate neutrality has become a growing concern, at the heart of the European Green Deal objectives.
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    CO₂ impact

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    Toxic pollution

A deeper dive into the problem

Out of all industries, the steel sector contributes with 34.6 % of CO2 emissions. The increase in CO2 emission cost to €100/t in February 2022 makes the industry even more interested in applying carbon capture technologies. Currently, carbon capture is limited to a few applications based on chemical adsorption (e.g. monoethanolamine, Selexol or Rectisol). Other available technologies include physical adsorption (pressure or temperature swing adsorption), membrane separation or cryogenic distillation. Membrane technology is proven as an alternative to high energy consuming separation processes (the competing options) and attractive to industrial applications for many reasons, e.g. simple operation, low maintenance cost, relatively low capital cost and small physical footprint. Membranes with high CO2 permeance play an important role in reducing the capital cost and energy consumption for CO2 capture.

The Solution

During CUMERI, three types of membranes to recover valuable components in targeted industries will be developed and demonstrated.

During CUMERI, three types of membranes to recover valuable components in targeted industries will be developed and demonstrated.

These membranes will enable improved energy efficiency at industrial facilities, and thus a more resilient and greener industry. The CUMERI project will in particular pave the way for:

– Effective recycling and reuse of valuable components, promoting resilient and circular industrial value chains
– More energy-efficient processes, while
– Lowering CO2 emissions.

A deeper dive into the solution

Objective #1
Develop enhanced membranes for outstanding gas separation performances

Objective #2
Develop finetuned ceramic membranes for used lubricant oil (ULO) and additives recycling

Objective #3
Demonstrate the performance of the membrane systems for a more resilient and greener industry

Objective #4
Develop advanced modelling and simulation to provide guidance for the selection of membrane systems

Objective #5
Ensure the sustainability of the demonstrated membrane systems (including end-of-life considerations)

Objective #6
Ensure maximum exploitation of CUMERI results for wide and rapid market penetration

Technical Readiness Level

Level 1
Product demonstration

Eureka moment in the head

Test

Fundamental
research

Technological
research

Product
demonstration

Manufacturing

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101084288

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