Advancing green methanol synthesis
Fraunhofer researchers have developed a miniaturized plant to study the processes involved in the production of methanol from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.
Unusual dynamic process
Test facility with the latest measuring technology
The miniature synthesis plant therefore represents, true to scale, an industrial synthesis plant. Thanks to a few tricks, it has a comparable thermal and reaction kinetic behavior. A very precise measuring technique - including infrared spectroscopy and a new type of fibre optic method - records how the plant behaves in dynamic operation with unconventional gas compositions. In parallel, the researchers have developed a simulation platform with which they can calculate the parameters under such process conditions.
Scientific and economic feasibility
"The aim of the project is a scientific and economic examination of the feasibility of methanol synthesis from renewable energies and biogenic CO2 from a biorefinery for the production of renewable ethanol," summarizes project leader Max Hadrich from Fraunhofer ISE. Other research partners in the project are Fraunhofer UMSICHT, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the companies CropEnergies, Clariant and Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. The project is being coordinated by DECHEMA e.V. The common hope: if it is possible to develop a stable process control system, green methanol could in future be used as an energy storage medium, fuel or basic chemical and relieve the climate.