Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB

Nobelstr. 12, 70569 Stuttgart
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Catalyst and process development, CO2 and energy conversion

The production of renewable electricity undergoes natural fluctuations. These fluctuations are mostly compensated by ramping up and down the output of conventional power plants. In contrast to that, the operation of chemical energy conversion processes with regenerative electricity offers the possibility for CO2-neutral energy storage. The Fraunhofer IGB’s Straubing branch “Bio, Electro, and Chemocatalysis BioCat” develops catalysts and processes for the conversion of electric energy and CO2 in liquid energy carriers. Thereby, Fraunhofer IGB BioCat uses and combines the whole spectrum of catalysis (heterogeneous, homogeneous, bio-, and electrocatalysis). The main criteria for the developments are: high energy efficiency, scalability, possibility for decentral operation, flexibility for intermittent operation. A prominent, first-of-its-class example is a process which combines the CO2-based methanol synthesis with the methanol fermentation to longer chain hydrocarbons (DE102016203889). In the frame of the EU Project CELBICON, BioCat aims the combination of electrochemical synthesis of liquid C1-intermediates followed by C1-Fermentation to terpenes. The national project "eleMeMe" set the goal to use the methanol/CO2 system for decoupling the energy generation from consumption. Furthermore, BioCat also develops processes for the synthesis of CO2-based bulk chemicals (ethylene, ethylene-oxide).

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Sorptive heat storage

While generation of power and in several industrial processes large amounts of waste heat are surplus. Compact, adsorptive heat storage systems developed by Fraunhofer IGB can store heat energy, thereby bridging the gap between the time and location heat is available and when resp. where it is needed for heating and cooling applications. Here, heat energy is stored lossless by spatial separation of two components (e.g. zeolite and water vapor) and released during a physisorptive bond of both components when heat is required. The technology has the advantage, that very high specific storage densities can be achieved and due to the storage principle no loss of sensible heat occurs during the storage period.

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Fraunhofer IGB develops and optimizes technologies, processes and products for the business areas of health, chemistry and process industry as well as environment and energy. We combine the highest scientific quality with professional know-how in our fields of competence – Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science, Molecular Biotechnology, Physical Process Technology, Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, as well as Cell and Tissue Engineering – always with a view to economic efficiency and sustainability. Our strengths lie in offering complete solutions from laboratory to pilot plant scale. Customers also benefit from the cooperation between our five R&D departments in Stuttgart and the institute branches located in Leuna and Straubing. The constructive interplay of the various disciplines at our institute opens up new approaches in areas such as medical engineering, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, and environmental technology.

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