A new partnership has been agreed between Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and INERATEC which will see the former invest in a spinoff that could revolutionise chemical process engineering and contribute to the success of the energiewende in the area of chemical energy storage systems.
The core of the new technology is a micro-structured chemical reactor developed by KIT’s Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT). INERATEC has developed this technology further to a marketable compact chemical facility. It is the first facility of this type that can convert small and medium volumes of methane-containing gases from fossil or renewable sources or waste gas from oil or biogas production into liquid synthetic fuel, e.g. petrol, diesel and kerosene. The facility can also be used to convert regenerative hydrogen and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into fuels. The turnkey facilities commercialised by INERATEC are mobile and fit into a conventional ship container.
“We supply an entirely new, modular technology that is a real alternative to the costly large chemical facilities used for the conventional gas-to-liquid process,” Dr.-Ing. Tim Böltken explained, a member of the team of four persons who founded the company. The compact facility is not only suited for use in large chemical companies and oil-processing industry, but also for decentralised production of biogas-to-liquid fuels at sewage treatment plants or energy producing organic farms.