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MACBETH (Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles) has been launched

In April 2020 has been launched the Website of MACBETH (Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles) EU R&D project, started on November, 1st 2019 (project duration 54 months).

The Project aims to demonstrate at industrial level the technology of catalytic membrane reactors, under the coupling of the catalytic synthesis step with the highly efficient separation step via a tailor-made membrane.

MACBETH Project is funded by EU with around €16.6 million and it brings together the expertise of 24 partners from 10 Countries working together in selected teams on four technological development lines and operating mutual cross-fertilization in search of further innovations.

The newly founded project consortium makes use of many different technological skills related to catalysis, membranes, carriers, reactors, engineering, modelling as well as the perspective of the end user.              

In individual technological lines, the concept of the new catalytic membrane reactor is now being applied to various chemical reactions and put into practice. This includes hydroformylation for specialty chemicals, hydrogen production for the transport/electricity generation sector, propane dehydrogenation (PDH) for propylene production and biocatalytic oil cleavage for biotechnologically manufactured products.

Sustainability is a key driver of the project, since the novel technology aims to target an incisive reduction of greenhouse gas emission by >20% with resource and energy efficiency increase by > 20%.

KT main focus of the project is on the hydrogen production and propane dehydrogenation technological lines. In both cases, KT will bring the strong knowledge acquired in both fields in previous EU and National funded R&D project, in order to further develop the technology, while addressing at industrial scale the target of a substantial reduction of OPEX and CAPEX as well.

Discover more about MACBETH here.