TA funding for electrified bubbles and complex granular systems

18 April 2019

Niels Deen and Hans Kuipers, both researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, have received a Technology Area (TA) grant from the Science PPP Fund. Two consortia of companies and university research groups will use this TA funding to do research within the overarching Multiphase Flow for Sustainable Process Industries programme. The total value of the funding is 2.5 million euros, of which about 0.6 million euros is from private contributions. One of the programmes is a collaboration between NWO and the Top Sectors Chemistry and Energy, and the other a collaboration between NWO and the Top Sector Energy.

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More about the two programmes awarded funding:

Bubble Dynamics in Electrolysis
Main applicant: Prof. Niels Deen, Eindhoven University of Technology
Consortium: Nouryon, Shell, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente and Delft University of Technology
Efficient processes for the conversion of renewable electrical energy into hydrogen are crucial for realising the energy transition. Hydrogen can be produced on a large scale by using electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. However, electrolysis has a low efficiency that is closely associated with the flow and transport phenomena in the vicinity of electrodes, especially around the hydrogen bubbles formed. In this project, researchers will study the formation of hydrogen bubbles, the transport of chemical substances in the vicinity of bubbles and the electrodes, and the interaction between bubbles. Insights from the research can be used by the industrial companies involved to make their electrolysis processes far more efficient.

Industrial Dense Granular Flows
Main applicant: Prof. Hans Kuipers, Eindhoven University of Technology
Consortium: SABIC, Shell, Tata Steel, Teijin Aramid BV, Delft University of Technology, University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology
This research focuses on the development of experimentally validated models describing dense granular flows that frequently occur in industrial physical and chemical processes. The emphasis is on studying complex systems in which the particles possess complex characteristics (shape and dimensions) and/or undergo complex mutual interactions. A range of advanced non-invasive measurement techniques will be used for the experimental research. The research will be realised by four PhDs at Delft University of Technology, University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology and will be financially supported by the companies SABIC, Shell, Tata Steel and Teijin Aramid BV. Insights from this research can be used by the industrial companies involved to make their processes more efficient.

Left is Niels Deen, right Hans Kuipers. Photo: Eindhoven University of Technology.Left is Niels Deen, right Hans Kuipers. Photo: Eindhoven University of Technology.

About Technology Area

Technology Area (TA) is one of the public-private partnership programmes of the Science PPP Fund that is funded by NWO Domain Science. The Science PPP Fund is open for new TA initiatives that fit within the Knowledge and Innovation Agendas of the Top Sectors Chemistry, Energy and Agri&Food. A TA is intended for a public-private partnership between at least two companies and at least two knowledge institutions. The companies fund one-third of the TAs, and NWO funds the other two thirds. For more information about the Science PPP Fund, please visit https://www.nwo.nl/sciencepppfund.

Source: NWO