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What Do We Do?
Membranes are used nowadays in several applications
From potable water production by sea water desalination through reverse osmosis
To alcohol dehydration
in pervaporation process
To biogas upgrading through CO2 removal in gas separation process
And many other applications
Membrane science has become an interdisciplinary field which requires a background in
Moreover, it requires the cooperation of a strong theoretical basis, modelling activity, experimental data and industrial expertise.
Their usage is rapidly spreading and increasing, with newly developed materials and applications.
Among them, membrane reactors are a promising solution for process intensification, leading to:
Modelta B.V. provides expertise on membrane technology in general, and on Membrane Reactors in particular, for industrial applications in new and existing sectors. We do this thanks to our highly technical background, a solid theoretical foundation and specialized experience in modelling.
It is to make possible to apply membrane reactor technology and membranes systems in different sectors, leading to a substantial process intensification and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
It is to become a lighthouse for membrane reactor technology and membrane systems providers and end users, as an international single-entry point for all interested stakeholders
Who Are We?
The idea to create a spin-off to spread membrane technology – and Membrane Reactors in particular – is born from a decennia collaboration between two research groups in several European Union funded projects
In Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands, the group of Inorganic Membranes and Membrane Reactors, into the group of Sustainable Process Engineering (SPE), in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, is a landmark in experimental and modelling activity regarding membrane technology and Membrane Reactors.
See more at: Sustainable Process Engineering
In Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Italy, the Group of Energy COnversion Systems (GECOS) in the Department of Energy (DENG), is a group with Advanced expertise in a broad range of research areas related to environmentally friendly energy conversion technologies.
See more at: GECOS Webpage – GECOS
Since 2010, different EU projects investigated the integration of inorganic membranes into a catalytic chemical reactors. Among them, the groups of POLIMI and TU/e mainly participated in the projects related to hydrogen production in fluidized bed Membrane Reactors (REFORCELL, FLUIDCELL, FERRET, BIONICO).
Beyond hydrogen separation and/or production, in the last years membrane reactor technology was also investigated in different processes, such as alkane conversion to valuable chemicals and hydroformylation (CARENA, ROMEO).
All these projects converged in the MACBETH project, with the ambitious aim to bring membrane reactor technology at TRL7 for hydrogen production from biogas or natural gas reforming, propane dehydrogenation and hydroformylation.
Moreover, membrane reactor concept is also applied in biotechnologies, in the process of fish oil enrichment in ω-3 fatty acids.
Modelta B.V. has been established from MACBETH project, as a spin-off of TU/e and POLIMI, to converge all the acquired know-how in a single-entry point, as a lighthouse for membranes process and Membrane Reactors technology
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