Detail of a mini-plant at Fraunhofer ISE to produce methanol and dimethyl ether (DME) from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

Thermochemical Processes

Fraunhofer ISE has been developing thermochemical processes for over 15 years. We continually strive to make these processes increasingly more efficient, while reducing the carbon dioxide and exhaust gas emissions at the same time. With our innovative solutions in process technology, we help to bring on the success of the energy transformation.

Our work centers around investigations on heterogeneous catalytic material transformations in the liquid and the gaseous phase. We synthesize and characterize catalysts and, among other things, can rapidly and precisely analyze their performance at our mini-plant according to our clients’ wishes. We both design and operate test stands, if need be automated, in order to analyze the solid, liquid and gaseous products using state-of-the-art analytics. In order to optimize the thermochemical processes, we use the following simulation programs: CHEMCAD® for process simulations, Matlab/Simulink ® for dynamic simulations, etc., Ansys® for CFD simulations and Umberto® for life cycle assessments (LCA) and life cycle costs (LCC).

We hold patented technologies, developed in-house,  for residue-free vaporization of liquid fuels and pyrolysis of many different energy carriers, biomass conversion and sustainable synthesis of fuels and chemicals from carbon dioxide and hydrogen (Power-to-Liquid). We would be glad to offer you more details about these processes upon request.

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