NGK And MHI Aim To Jointly Develop Membrane Dehydration Systems


NGK and MHI aim to achieve the real-world realization of systems using membrane separation systems in the dehydration processes for Bioethanol, a promising alternative to gasoline and raw material for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), and e-Methanol, a next-generation clean marine fuel.

Membrane Dehydration System 

Nagoya, Japan, and Tokyo, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. will jointly develop two membrane dehydration systems to realize of low cost and to optimize the efficiency of manufacturing processes for Bioethanol and e-Methanol to meet expected demand growth for clean fuels and raw materials.

In this project, MHI and NGK will begin developing two types of membrane dehydration systems, one for Bioethanol and e-Methanol, respectively. The membrane separation system developed for Bioethanol will replace the conventional dehydration process, which consumes the most energy in the Bioethanol manufacturing process. This replacement is expected to reduce the energy required to produce Bioethanol significantly.

Clean Fuel

The second system will replace the dehydration process in producing e-Methanol, which utilizes hydrogen and CO2 as raw materials. By using a membrane separation system instead, the companies expect to significantly reduce energy consumption used in the manufacture of e-Methanol, which is capturing attention as a next-generation clean fuel.

To this project, MHI will contribute its significant global expertise delivering methanol plants and other chemical plants, in addition to its technologies for handling methanol and various other chemicals. NGK will contribute its deep knowledge of sub-nano ceramic membrane technology and unique film deposition technology developed in the fields of chemical processes and water purification. Notably, NGK has developed the world’s largest ceramic membranes, which are known for their exceptional separation accuracy and durability. In the context of forecasted demand growth for both Bioethanol and e-Methanol as clean, raw materials and fuels, MHI and NGK will jointly drive forward the development of these systems achieve real-word deployment and establishment of a stable supply system.

Bioethanol is a clean fuel derived from plants, primarily corn and sugarcane, and is widely used as automotive fuel in the United States and Brazil. It is also expected to contribute to the growth of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as one of its main raw materials. e-Methanol is gaining attention as a next-generation clean fuel, primarily for marine fuel, and is expected to grow as a market globally.

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Source: NGK Insulators