- Instituto Nacional del Carbón: INCAR-CSIC
Instituto Nacional del Carbón (INCAR), is a research centre located in Oviedo belonging to the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), the largest multi-disciplinary research organization in Spain. INCAR was founded in 1947 and focuses its research efforts on the field of coal conversion and clean technologies as well as carbon materials for energy, environmental and structural applications.
The research group involved as Coordinator of the project has internationally recognised expertise on the preparation, characterization and applications of carbon materials with controlled structure, porous texture and/or surface chemistry. Emphasis is placed on both fundamental and applied aspects of carbon and related materials.
- Institute Jean Lamour: IJL-CNRS
The Institute Jean Lamour (IJL) is a joint Mixed Research Unit of University of Lorraine (UL) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the leading research institution in Europe and fourth in the world. IJL is the largest research institute working on materials science in Europe. It has around 450 people, including 150 researchers and teacher-researchers, 90 technical and administrative staff, 150 PhD students and 60 post-docs, long-term visitors and students.
The University of Lorraine (UL) will be a third party linked to the beneficiary CNRS. With more than 3.700 teaching and research faculty and approximately 53.000 students, UL is one of France´s largest multidisciplinary universities. Its location in the heart of Europe, with borders on three European Union member states (Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg), offers UL a privileged position and strong international opening.
- University of Liège: ULG
The University of Liege (ULG) is the only public and complete university institution of the French-speaking region of Belgium. ULG boasts over 3.300 lecturers-researchers and 22.700 students (4980 foreign students).
The ‘Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Electrochemistry’ group (Department of Chemical Engineering) of ULG has been involved in materials synthesis by sol-gel processes for more than 15 years. The laboratory, which counts around 25 researchers, has been working on silica, titanium oxides, zirconium oxides, aluminium oxides, on catalysts and oxide-supported metallic photocatalysts, each product being the result of a so-called co-gelation process. In the field of carbon materials, the laboratory has developed new carbon supports with very pure composition and tailored pore texture, carbon xerogels: these materials are also produced via sol-gel processes and used in catalyst as supports, adsorption processes and electrochemistry.
- Heriot-Watt University: HWU
The team at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) participates in this project through the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. HWU has recently invested >£1m in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) state of the art facilities with specialised equipment, including several rigs for CO2 capture, transport and utilisation. CCS research at HWU is interdisciplinary, with input from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. HWU, together with the University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, Strathclyde University and the British Geological Survey, has established the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) group, which is the largest CCS group in the UK, building on and extending established world-class expertise to stimulate the development of innovative solutions to CCS.
- Bilbaína de Alquitranes, S.A.: BASA
BASA is a company with almost one century of experience in the coal tar sector, focusing its industrial activity in the distillation of coal tar from the coke batteries of Europe’s main steel groups. After its acquisition in 1990 by the company Fábrica de Productos Químicos, S.A. (SANA), the group embarked on a major technological makeover of its plants to improve and extend all of its production processes and equip itself with the appropriate tools and resources to challenge strong competition in the sector. BASA is immersed in a process of continuous improvement, based on the modernisation and qualification of its human team, totally suited to the modern technologies existing in the market. The distillery facilities are located in Lutxana-Barakaldo, 5 kilometres from the city of Bilbao, an industrial area closely linked to the development of Spanish heavy industry.
BASA produces pitch, naphthalene, special tars, creosotes and oils in both continuous and discontinuous distillation plants. It has a total coal tar distillation capacity of 120.000 metric tonnes per year (70.000 for continuous distillation and 50.000 for batch distillation). BASA has also laboratory-scale facilities for the production and exhaustive analysis of coal tar-derived products.
- Silcarbon Aktivkohle GmbH: Silcarbon
Located in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Silcarbon has more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing of highly specialized activated carbons for air, water, and biogas purification. Its activated carbons are mainly made from bituminous coal, coconut shells, palm kernels and wood. Depending on the specific precursor and preparation method (e.g., chemical or physical activation), Silcarbon manufactures activated carbons with special porous characteristics targeted to specific applications. The company boasts modern equipment for the preparation of the carbons in different final forms (granular, powder, pellets, etc). The product portfolio also includes impregnated carbons (e.g., with silver, iodine or sulfur) to provide them with increased functionality. Laboratory facilities allow characterization and testing of the commercial products. Silcarbon belongs to the Activated Carbon Producers Association (ACPA), a branch of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) that clusters European manufacturers of activated carbon.