The PROMECA consortium was created on the following criteria:
- balance in expertise with regards to the different aspects of the project’s objectives and planned activities to ensure complementarities;
- balance between academic and industrial sectors to ensure cross-fertilization;
- participation in earlier and on-going relevant projects to ensure high level experience of complex R&D projects, and
- geographical representation to ensure a true European dimension.
Each partner brings in the project only a part of the overall knowledge needed to reach the project objectives. Academic partners master the knowledge of the materials (membranes and catalysts) and testing methodologies. On the other hand, the industrial partners will add their practical experience in different fields of technology integration and process industry.
This down-to-earth approach will complement the knowledge emerged in the academic environment with concrete approach to enhance entrepreneurial skills of the researchers towards a more proficient exploitation of research results.
Involved Partners and their role within the project:
- University of Salerno (UNISA): design, preparation and characterization of innovative structured catalysts with high thermal conductivity. In particular, the characterization of the prepared samples will be performed by means of several techniques, while their testing will be performed by means of different lab scale plants available at UNISA. Overall, technical and administrative coordination.
- Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE): membrane reactor design, catalyst tests, membrane tests, material characterisation, detailed modelling, proof-of-concept of the entire PROMECA system.
- FUNDACIÓN TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (TECNALIA): within PROMECA, Pd-based tubular membranes will be prepared targeting the challenging conditions of membrane reactors.
- ICI Caldaie S.p.A. (ICI): know-how in the welding technology, industrial organization and problem approach, facility with laboratory and industrial tools for direct transfer of the technology from the research and development to the production line.
- KT Technology (KT): development of novel process scheme, membrane reactor design, economic analysis, and, overall, technological and economic assessment as well as exploitation of the novel technology.
- Air Liquide (AL): energy analysis, theoretical calculations, simulation to tell how to use the design phase, calculation of catalyst design and improvements, data for characterization of catalyst design, provide tools and SW, combine models with TECNALIA and TuE.