Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation

01 October 2015 → 30 September 2019
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Other engineering and technology
Project description

In ADREM, leading industries and university groups in process intensification, catalytic reactor engineering and

process control team up to address the domain of resource- and energy-efficient valorisation of variable methane

feedstocks to C2+ hydrocarbons. The development of new and intensified adaptable catalytic reactor systems for

flexible and decentralized production at high process performance is in focus, able to operate with changing feedstock

composition and deliver “n-demand”the required product distribution by switching selected operational/control

parameters and/or changing modular catalyst cartridges. In the long term, we expect the reactors to operate energyand

emission-lean using green electricity as the direct, primary energy source. In order to converge to the optimal

design, the project will utilize the unique integral, four-domain process intensification (PI) methodology, pioneered by

the consortium. This is the only approach able to deliver a fully intensified equipment/process. The key feature is the

systematic, simultaneous addressing of the four domains: spatial, thermodynamic, functional and temporal.ADREM

will provide: •highly innovative, economic and environmentally friendly processes and equipment for efficient

transformation of methane into useful chemicals and liquid fuels, for which monetary savings of more than 10% are

expected. •process technologies applying flexible modular one-step process with high selectivity for valorisation

of methane from various sources.•modular (and containerized and mobile) reactors permitting flexible adaptation

of the plant size to demand and also utilizing smaller or temporary sources of methane or other feeds. The project

will employ emerging reactor technologies coupled to especially designed catalytic systems to address a variety of

scenarios embodying methane valorisation. The concepts developed can be later readily extrapolated on other types of

catalytic processes of similar sizes.