In EU CONVERGE project a new innovative process is developed, that will make biodiesel competitive with fossil fuels in terms of both effectiveness and price. One of the technologies developed in this project, is an enhanced methanol membrane reactor. In-situ methanol and/or water separation greatly enhances per pass production of methanol, thereby reducing equipment size significantly. Additionally, selective removal of reaction products will decrease the energy demand in downstream processing. This project aims to increase the CO2 and H2 conversion per pass to 33% and to reduce CAPEX by 10%.
We are glad to announce that our work on the enhanced membrane reactor will be presented at the Euromembrane Conference 2021 on 30th November.
Figure 1: Multi-tubular membrane system constructed at TNO