RP1.3-04 Efficient conversion of hydrogen to future fuels

Executive Summary

This project aims to achieve efficient conversion of hydrogen to the alternative fuel methanol, through the development of hybrid membrane technology and bespoke catalysts for these conversions.

The technology approach combines a catalytic reactor with membrane separation to achieve a membrane reactor, representing process intensification to reduce equipment footprint. This transformative technology assists hydrogen producers and CO2 emitters to efficiently produce alternative fuels for their storage and transportation purposes.

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Commencement / End Date January 2021 to July 2024
Outcomes / Impact

The outcomes of this project will include:

  1. A transformative technology for the conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen into alternative fuels,
  2. Detailed understanding and characterisation of membrane reactors for the conversion of hydrogen into alternative future fuels,
  3. Key insight into the potential of converting hydrogen into alternative fuels effectively for transportation and storage requirements,
  4. Development of testing methods and procedures, instrumentation and facilities for researching the conversion of liquid and gaseous fuels with catalysts, and their separation through membrane technology.
Partners University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, Woodside, GPA Engineering, Santos, Jemena, APA
Research Contact

Martha Le