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GENESIS: 7.9M€ to Upscale the Most Promising Materials for CO2 Capture

The European Union has awarded a grant of 7,9 million Euro to GENESIS, a project aiming to develop, scale up and demonstrate two very promising membrane technologies for CO2-capture. The project consortium consists of various research centers, large enterprises and SME’s from all over Europe. The Membrane Science & Technology (MST) Research Cluster of the Faculty of Science and Technology has a key role in developing and upscaling the two membrane technologies that will be tested in a carbon intensive environment. Within the MST-cluster, the academic research group “Films in Fluids” of Prof. Nieck Benes will closely collaborate with the EMI Twente, headed by Dr. Tymen Visser. 

The materials that will be developed and scaled up within the GENESIS project are IPOSS (polyPOSSimide, a hybrid organic-inorganic material) and MOF-based (Metal-organic framework) membrane systems with great performance for CO2 capture. The IPOSS membrane chemistry was developed (and patented) by the group of Prof. Nieck Benes during a previous European project (“CARENA”). This project provides a unique opportunity to further develop and scale up the concept to bring it closer to industrial reality. Key advantages of IPOSS membranes are their stable high gas permselectivity at elevated temperature. The nanostructured material can be easily tailored to obtain the desired separation performance.  

Both membrane technologies will be tested at sites in carbon intensive environments and aim to achieve at least 90% of CO2 recovery at a cost below current available technologies. The project was kicked-off in Brussels on January 24th, 2018 and will end in December 2021

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