Objectives

The overarching objective for the BIOCOMEM project is to demonstrate that membrane-based separation techniques using PEBA-type (Polyether block amide) copolymers are more efficient than their heat-based equivalent methods. This will reduce the overall environmental impact through a number of mechanisms. 

With this, the BIOCOMEM project has three specific objectives.

  • First, to produce two new bio-based PEBA co-polymers at pilot scale. Each of these will be specifically designed to add value to three CO2 separation market sectors: biogas upgrading, natural gas upgrading and post-combustion flue gas treatment.
  • Second, to validate – again at pilot scale, in an industrially representative environment – a process for manufacturing three different gas separation hollow-fibre membranes that meet specific performance requirements.
  • Third, to provide proof of principle that bio-based membranes can genuinely bring value to the gas separation market.