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Laboratory for production and testing of polymer membranes

Membrane technology is environmentally friendly and one of the most promising future separation technologies, especially for CO2 capture since no chemicals involved, no secondary pollutants are emitted from the capture plant. Compact membrane modules and simple process can not only offer a small footprint, low capital and operation cost, but also operation flexibility and simple up- and down- scaling.

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A mobile pilot for membrane testing built together with NTNU

SINTEF mini-membrane pilot (ECCSEL) can accommodate membrane modules at an intermediate development stage for testing with real flue gas containing acidic gases (SOx, NOx) from gas burner with mini-blower (max 2 - 3 bar, ca. 1 Nm3/hr). The mini-pilot will provide an efficient and economic way of verifying membrane performances at realistic conditions before risky and costly pilot stage development.

SINTEF mini-membrane pilot (flue gas source: propane gas burner, possible to connect to coal/biomass burner including pre-treatment, gas flow rate: ca. 1Nm3/hr, membrane area: ca. 200 – 300 cm2, extendable with a larger blower)

SINTEF high pressure membrane test rig (ECCSEL) equipped with mini-compressor can accommodate high pressure, high temperature and high CO2 containing gas mixture (e.g. CO2-CH4). The test rig is a universal laboratory scale facility which can take any type of membranes of different materials (flat sheet, hollow fibre, polymeric, inorganic, etc.), applicable for various mild and harsh conditions, e.g. for natural gas sweetening as well as flue gas CO2 separation.

SINTEF high pressure membrane test rig equipped with mini-compressor (membrane area: ca. 10 – 30 cm2, gas flow rate: 0.5 - 1.5 Nm3/hr, pressure: 1 - 90bar, temperature: 25 - 90 oC, CO2 content in gas: 5 – 90 vol.%)

SINTEF compact hollow fibre spinning machine (ECCSEL) is suitable for efficient study of spinnability of new and unstudied materials (polymers, hybrids of polymer and inorganic materials, etc.). It can perform spinning test while easily changing various spinning parameters without the need for preparing a lot of dope solution.

SINTEF compact hollow fibre spinning machine (dope solution: ca. 1L, gear pump: 1 - 20 cc/min, coagulation bath & flushing bath with aeration: room temp.- 50 oC: take-up winder: 5 - 20 m/min)

A pilot scale membrane test facility built in close cooperation with NTNU in the TillerCO2Lab can test commercial scale membrane modules (ca.4 - 10m2) with real flue gas from gas or coal/biomass burner. With the help of compressor the feed flue gas to membrane can be pressurized up to ca. 5bar (ca. 10 – 50 m3/hr) to test various process parameters. The acquired data and information can be processed further for process modelling and simulation by SINTEF experts.

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Visiting address: 
Sem Sælandsvei 6, Trondheim, Norway

Contact person:
Taek-Joong Kim, Mobil: 406 01 272, Epost: