Impacts

By achieving its overall objectives, the BIOCOMEM project makes separation techniques more energy efficient, more sustainable and lessens their overall environmental impact.

In addition, it will also make contributions to specific BBI JU KPIs through:

Establishing a framework for new cross-sectoral interconnections and cooperation between actors from different sectors.

Creating a number of new bio-based value chains. These chains are biomass resources to chemical intermediates and subsequently into bio-hollow fibre (bio-HF) membranes for biogas upgrading, CO2 separation for natural gas upgrading and CO2 separation from post-combustion flue gases.

Validating these three new bio-membranes, which will be laboratory-tested.

Developing three new methods for fabricating bio-HF membranes using PEBA co-polymers. One of these will use state-of-the-art process technology; the others will be optimised for manufacturing via single-step spinning into monolithic bio-HF.

In addition, the BIOCOMEM project will have a number of other positive impacts. It will improve the EU’s innovation capacity and knowledge integration. It will also bring a positive environmental impact. By using biomass as a feedstock (rather than fossil fuels) it will use renewable rather than finite resources. In addition, its CO2 filtering technology will prevent atmospheric release of this GHG.