TITLE: Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles




TOPIC: CE-SPIRE-04-2019 Efficient integrated downstream processes (IA)

DURATION: November 1st 2019 – April 31st 2024


PROJECT COORDINATOR: Evonik Performance Materials GmbH (EPM)


The MACBETH consortium provides a breakthrough technology for advanced downstream processing by combining catalytic synthesis with the corresponding separation units in a single highly efficient catalytic membrane reactor (CMR). This disruptive technology has the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of large volume industrial processes by up to 35 %. Additionally, resource and energy efficiency will be increased by up to 70%. The revolutionary new reactor design will not only guarantee substantially smaller and safer production plants but also has a tremendous competitive advantage since CAPEX is decreased by up to 50% and OPEX by up to 80%.

The direct industrial applicability will be demonstrated by the long-term operation of TRL 7 demo plants for the highly relevant and large-scale processes: hydroformylation, hydrogen production, propane dehydrogenation. The confidence of the MACBETH consortium to reach its highly ambitious goals are underlined by two exploitation foci that go well beyond the ordinary scope of an EU project: 1) Transfer of the CMR technology to biotechnology: Within MACBETH, we will demonstrate that starting from building blocks of TRL 5 (not from a TRL 5 pilot plant), that fit the requirements of the selective enzymatical cleavage of fatty acids and along with the combined support and system knowledge of the experienced CMR partners, a TRL 7 demo plant can be established and operated 2) Creation of the spin-off European “Lighthouse Catalytic Membrane Reactors” (LCMR) within MACBETH: A European competence center for CMR will be established already during the MACBETH project with a detailed business plan including partner commitment. This spin-off company “Lighthouse Catalytic Membrane Reactors” (LCMR) will provide access to the combined knowledge of the MACBETH project to all industrial, academic and education communities in Europe concerned with CMRs and their applications.