Bundeld Early Adapter Program for Membrane Technology

Publieke samenvatting / Public summary

A solution, as given in this proposal, that would drastically lower the energy use in Industrial processes is the use of high-tech membranes that would replace or assist energy-inefficient processes such as distillation, crystallization and evaporation. These new classes of membranes would not only reduce the amount of energy that an industrial plant needs to operate, but it would remove bottlenecks in the production process (like distillation) so that production at the plant is enhanced, renewable energy can be used and still show a return of investment to the implementation of our new technology of 5 years. However to increase the opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises and in order to meet the goals of the Dutch government, the will of the people and the needs of the industry, a project needs to be set up to help SMEs make contact with Industries, localize and develop their technologies to suite the specific needs of Dutch Industrial partners. This is why the network organizations of ISPT and NL GUTS are working together along with SME's, Industry and Knowledge Institutes to make Early Adaptor projects happen.

The aim of this program is to: • Set up membrane pilots at industrial plants or using model mixtures of the fluid streams so that SMEs can develop their membranes tailored to these streams, • Develop clear protocols and procedures in order to correctly be able to test and compare the results of the pilots where the membranes were used, • Offer support to SMEs by means of technical workshops and technical matchmaking possibilities, • Maintaining an administrative infrastructure for innovation and dissemination of success in order to create further business development.

Korte omschrijving
There will be 5 Working Packages (WP) in the project. Four of the working packages will be done for each industrial partner, WP 5 is for technical management, the setting and meeting of pilot results and goals, the organization of the administration and technical risk management. For each of the industrial WPs there will be 5 phases. These phases are: 1. Orientation phase – The SME's will meet with the industrial partners to determine the conditions and understand the industry's needs and so the industry can understand how the SME's can meet these needs. 2. Development Phase – The SME's will develop their membranes to fit to the specific needs of the partner 3. Testing Phase – The membranes will be tested on either model systems or the actual processes of the industry together with the European Membrane Institute (EMI) at the University of Twente. 4. Analysis Phase – The results will be analysed and sent to the SME and industrial partners prepared by EMI in a confidential report. 5. Conclusion – A reflection and conclusion of the technologies will be done. Is there enough potential for the technologies to warrant further development?

The end results of the project are: • A confidential report for each application of membranes to the industrial partners and the membrane developer • Matrix of future possibilities in response to the outcomes of the report • A confidential end report and a public end report on the project as a whole • Posters to be shown at the ISPT Conference 2020 • Presentations to be given at the NL GUTS meetings, NPS meetings and the OSN meetings in 2020 • Website on the website • Technical matchmaking workshops to the SMEs and Industry