Sustainable Synthesis Products

Fraunhofer ISE has been working in the field of sustainable synthesis products for over 25 years. We cover the entire process chain of sustainable synthesis products: from green hydrogen, the direct air capture of CO2 and the synthesis of Power-to-X (PtX) products (such as ammonia, dimethyl ether, methanol) to conversion and end applications. We develop and optimize processes and reactor concepts for the production of PtX products and for thermochemical hydrogen production from PtX products. We develop, test and characterize tailor-made catalysts. 

Fields of Work

In the research topic "Sustainable Synthesis Products" we focus on the following fields of work:

 

Production of Sustainable Synthesis Products

Hydrogen Production from Sustainable Synthesis Products

System Analysis and Evaluation of Sustainable Synthesis Products

We offer:

  • Process development and optimization for the production of fuels, chemicals and energy sources such as ammonia, methanol, dimethyl ether (DME), oxymethylene ether (OME) and aviation fuels based on H2/CO2/CO or H2/N2 (Power to Liquids, PtL)
  • Development of processes for thermochemical hydrogen production and new reactor concepts for sustainable synthesis products (e.g. ammonia, dimethyl ether, methanol, biofuels, e-fuels)
  • Design, testing and characterization of catalysts using in-situ and ex-situ analysis for hydrogen-based synthesis products and direct air capture (DAC) processes
  • NAP-XPS measurements of fresh and aged catalysts, in-situ measurements with gas mixtures at different catalyst temperatures
  • In-house design, construction, programming and operation of fully automated, remotely operated mini and pilot plants for PtL production and thermochemical hydrogen production
  • The CatVap® fuel preparation technology developed and patented by Fraunhofer ISE, to reduce emissions from internal combustion engines
  • Precise process simulations of use cases for hydrogen-based synthesis products, using Aspen, to provide insights into catalytic process design and operation for the optimization of thermochemical processes
  • Techno-economic feasibility studies and life cycle assessments to evaluate the potential of the hydrogen supply chain for your business case

 

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R&D Infrastructure

In our laboratories, we use miniplants to develop, test and optimize processes for the synthesis of PtX products, the production of thermochemical hydrogen and for direct air capturing (DAC). We test prototypes and characterize surfaces and materials along the hydrogen value chain using NAP-XPS. Our research and development activities make use of the laboratories for sustainable synthesis products at Fraunhofer ISE.

 

Laboratories for Sustainable Synthesis Products

Research Projects

 

Power-to-MeDME

Production of Green Hydrogen Carriers in Chile

 

SAFari

Pilot Plant for Sustainable Aviation Fuels Based on Methanol

 

PICASO

Novel Power-to-ammonia Process for Sustainable Ammonia Synthesis

Recent Publications on the Topic "Sustainable Synthesis Products"

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2023 Alternative Kraftstoff- und Antriebstrangtechnologien für mittlere Nutzfahrzeuge im Nahverteilerverkehr
Bidart Sanchez, Christian; Götz, Benedict Johannes; Heim, Rüdiger; Kolb, Gunther; Kowarik, Haiko; Kraljevic, Ivica; Rümmele, Florian; Szolak, Robert
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2023 Demonstration and experimental model validation of the DME synthesis by reactive distillation in a pilot-scale pressure column
Semmel, Malte; Bogatykh, Innokentij; Steinbach, Benedikt; Sauer, Jörg; Repke, Jens-Uwe; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 Investigation of a RU catalyst for NH3 synthesis using an in situ sorption enhanced process
Cholewa, Thomas; Salem, Ouda; Schaadt, Achim; Güttel, Robert
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 Suitable commercial catalysts for the synthesis of oxymethylene dimethyl ethers
Mantei, Franz Kaspar; Kopp, Sebastian; Holfelder, Anna; Flad, Elisa; Kloeters, Daniela; Kraume, Matthias; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 Applied NAP-XPS on Sensitive Materials
Günthel, Michael; Knäbbeler-Buß, Markus; Szolak, Robert; Schaadt, Achim
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 CCU in the Context of Hydrogen Storage and Synthetic Fuels
Nestler, Florian; Szolak, Robert; Schaadt, Achim; Hebling, Christopher
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 The Minimum Cost and the Highest Energy Efficiency of Major PtX Products: A Potential Analysis under Ideal Conditions
Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 Catalyst screening and reaction kinetics of liquid phase DME synthesis under reactive distillation conditions
Semmel, Malte; Steiner, Leon; Bontrup, Max; Sauer, Jörg; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 Eckpunkte der Entwicklung des Energiesystems und eine mögliche Rolle der Kernfusion
Henning, Hans-Martin
Vortrag
Presentation
2023 Power-to-X Country Analyses. Site-specific, Comparative Analysis for Suitable Power-to-X Pathways and Products in Developing and Emerging Countries
Hank, Christoph; Holst, Marius; Thelen, Connor; Kost, Christoph; Längle, Sven; Schaadt, Achim; Smolinka, Tom
Studie
Study
2023 Dimethyl ether/CO2 - a hitherto underestimated H2 storage cycle
Schühle, P.; Stöber, R.; Semmel, Malte; Schaadt, Achim; Szolak, Robert; Thill, S.; Alders, M.; Hebling, Christopher; Wasserscheid, P.; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2023 A novel process towards the industrial realization of large-scale oxymethylene dimethyl ether production - COMET
Mantei, Franz Kaspar; Schwarz, Christian; Elwalily, Ali; Fuchs, Florian; Pounder, Andrew Michael; Stein, Hendrik; Kraume, Matthias; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Echtzeit-Einblicke in die Methanolsynthese und Validierung eines kinetischen Modells mit Realgasversuchen
Nestler, Florian; Hadrich, Max Julius; Full, Johannes; Schaadt, Achim
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 CO2-based Methanol Synthesis - From Reaction Kinetics to Optimized Plant Economics
Nestler, Florian
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Kinetische Untersuchungen der DME-Synthese bei Reaktivdestillationsbedingungen. Verwirklichung effizienter Power-to-DME Prozesse
Semmel, Malte; Salem, Ouda; Schaadt, Achim; Sauer, Jörg
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Process Intensification strategies for Power-to-X Technologies
Cholewa, Thomas; Semmel, Malte; Mantei, Franz Kaspar; Güttel, R.; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Techno-Economic Assessment and Carbon Footprint of Processes for the Large-Scale Production of Oxymethylene Dimethyl Ethers from Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen
Mantei, Franz Kaspar; Ali, Ramy Essam; Baensch, C.; Voelker, S.; Haltenort, P.; Burger, J.; Dietrich, R.-U.; Assen, Niklas von der; Schaadt, Achim; Sauer, J.; Salem, Ouda
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Experimental validation of methanol synthesis from steel mill gases using a miniplant setup
Nestler, Florian; Full, Johannes; Jäckle, Jan-Marc; Linsenmeier, Johannes; Roob, Johanna; Hadrich, Max J.; Schaadt, Achim
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2022 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Our Energy Transition
Groos, Ulf
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Kinetic investigations of DME synthesis at catalytic distillation conditions
Semmel, Malte
Vortrag
Presentation
2022 Prozessintensivierung der Ammoniaksynthese im Kontext der Power-to-X Technologie: Das Potential aktiverer Katalysatormaterialien
Cholewa, Thomas; Salem, Ouda; Schaadt, Achim; Güttel, Robert
Meeting Abstract
2021 Production, Utilisation and Distribution of Hydrogen
Hadrich, Max Julius
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Entwicklung eines neuartigen Power-to-Liquid-Verfahrens zur Herstellung von Dimethylether
Semmel, Malte
Vortrag
Presentation
2021 Power-to-Methanol. Schlussbericht
Hadrich, Max; Roth, Arne; Apfelbacher, Andreas
Bericht
Report
2021 A Novel Approach for Kinetic Measurements in Exothermic Fixed Bed Reactors: Advancements in Non-Isothermal Bed Conditions Demonstrated for Methanol Synthesis
Nestler, Florian; Müller, Viktor Paul; Salem, Ouda; Hadrich, Max Julius; Schaadt, Achim; Bajohr, Siegfried; Kolb, T.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Upgrading the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste by Low Temperature Hydrothermal Processes
Sailer, G.; Knappe, V.; Poetsch, J.; Paczkowski, S.; Pelz, S.; Oechsner, H.; Bosilj, Monika; Ouardi, Siham; Müller, J.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Flexible Aufheizung und Konditionierung für die Abgasnachbehandlung der Zukunft
Szolak, Robert; Danckert, B.; Rümmele, Florian; Beutel, Paul
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Light-off Investigation of Oxymethylene Ether (OME) Considering the Presence of the Exhaust Components Heptane, Carbon, and Nitrogen Monoxide
Rümmele, Florian; Susdorf, Alexander; Haider, S.M.S.; Szolak, Robert
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Rapid Wet-Chemical Oxidative Activation of Graphite Felt Electrodes for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
Shanahan, Brian; Seteiz, Khaled; Heizmann, Philipp A.; Koch, Susanne; Büttner, Jan; Ouardi, Siham; Vierrath, Severin; Fischer, Anna; Breitwieser, Matthias
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2021 Life Cycle Assessment of an Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle using Renewable Electricity for Fuel and Vehicle Production
Sternberg, A.; Hank, Christoph; Schaadt, Achim
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2021 LCA of a Battery Electric Vehicle using Renewable Electricity in the Entire Supply Chain
Sternberg, André; Schaadt, Achim
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2021 Synthetische Kraftstoffe - Ökonomie, Gesellschaft und Nachhaltigkeit
Matschoss, P.; Hauser, E.; Müller-Langer, F.; Schröder, J.; Brand, U.; Dietrich, R.-U.; Eggemann, L.; Peters, R.; Theiss, Lara; Dittmeyer, R.; Rösch, C.; Haase, M.; Millinger, M.; Terrapon-Pfaff, J.; Fuchs, A.-L.; Schmidt, M.
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2020 The role of synthetic fuels in an integrated energy system
Schaadt, Achim; Szolak, Robert; Hebling, Christopher; Rümmele, Florian; Hadrich, Max Julius; Ouda, Mohamed; Danckert, Bernd
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2020 Environmental Assessment of OME3-5 Synfuel Production via the Power-to-Liquid Pathway
Hank, Christoph; Lazara, L.; Mantei, Franz Kaspar; Salem, Ouda; White, Robin J.; Smolinka, Tom; Schaadt, Achim; Hebling, Christopher; Henning, Hans-Martin
Konferenzbeitrag
Conference Paper
2018 Methanol synthesis - industrial challenges within a changing raw material landscape
Nestler, Florian; Krüger, Matthias; Full, Johannes; Hadrich, Max Julius; White, Robin J.; Schaadt, Achim
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2018 Structure, stability and permeation properties of NaA zeolite membranes for H2O/H2 and CH3OH/H2 separations
Moon Lee, S.; Xu, N.; Grace, John R.; Li, A.; Lim, C.J.; Kim, S.S.; Fotovat, F.; Schaadt, Achim; White, Robin J.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2018 Pathways to an Integrated Energy System
Henning, Hans-Martin
Vortrag
Presentation
2017 Palladium/ruthenium composite membrane for hydrogen separation from the off-gas of solar cell production via chemical vapor deposition
Sang Moon, L.; Xu, N.; Kim, S.S.; Li, A.; Grace, John R.; Lim, C.J.; Boyd, T.; Ryi, S.-K.; Susdorf, Alexander; Schaadt, Achim
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2017 Methodical design and operation of membrane distillation plants for desalination
Hagedorn, A.; Fieg, G.; Winter, Daniel; Koschikowski, Joachim; Mann, T.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2017 The power-to-methanol process chain - a life cycle assessment and CO2 avoidance cost analysis
Hank, Christoph; Hömberg, J.; White, Robin J.; Schaadt, Achim
Vortrag
Presentation
2016 Comparability of developed test procedures at normal operating conditions for PEM fuel cell stacks and modules analyzed in Round-Robin-Tests
Jungmann, Thomas; Nürnberg, K.; Harms, C.
Vortrag
Presentation
2016 Catalytic decomposition of biomass tars: The impact of wood char surface characteristics on the catalytic performance for naphthalene removal
Nestler, Florian; Burhenne, Luisa; Amtenbrink, Meike Juliane; Aicher, Thomas
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2016 An interesting class of porous polymer - revisiting the structure of mesoporous a-D-Polysaccharide gels
White, Robin J.; Shuttleworth, Peter S.; Budarin, Vitaliy L.; Bruyn, Mario de; Fischer, Anna; Clark, James H.
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
2016 Characteristic low frequency time constants derived from impedance spectra of fuel cell stacks
Keller, Stefan; Özel, Tansu; Scherzer, Anne-Christine; Gerteisen, Dietmar; Groos, Ulf
Vortrag
Presentation
2014 The influence of the precipitation/ageing temperature on a Cu/ZnO/ZrO2 catalyst for methanol synthesis from H2 and CO2
Frei, E.; Schaadt, Achim; Ludwig, T.; Hillebrecht, H.; Krossing, Ingo
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Journal Article
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