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.
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.
Develop enhanced membranes for outstanding gas separation performances
Develop finetuned ceramic membranes for used lubricant oil (ULO) and additives recycling
Demonstrate the performance of the membrane systems for a more resilient and greener industry
Develop advanced modelling and simulation to provide guidance for the selection of membrane systems
Ensure the sustainability of the demonstrated membrane systems (including end-of-life considerations)
Ensure maximum exploitation of CUMERI results for wide and rapid market penetration