Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT in Sulzbach-Rosenberg Germany is a Pioneer of the energy and raw material revolution. We contribute to a sustainable energy and raw material supply through business-oriented innovations and research in energy and plant technology, biological process engineering and recycling management.
The institute focuses on the development of processes and plants for the conversion of biogenic residues into valuable, storable products (e.g. synthetic fuels, biochar and gas), for the recycling of composite materials (e.g. electronic scrap or CFRP) and for waste management concepts for municipalities and countries. Our Centre of Energy Storage focuses on digital innovations in decentralised energy conversion and storage systems.
Our researchers accompany clients from industry and the public sector from the process idea to the pilot plant and the finished product.
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Pilot plant for thermo-chemical conversion of biogenic residues - TCR30
Biomass - any
Additional Technical Information:
In »thermo-catalytic reforming« (TCR® process), residual biomass is converted into synthesis gas, carbonate and liquid bio crude oil, which forms the starting material for synthetic fuels.
In a first stage, the biomass is gently broken down into biochar and volatile components in a continuously operating screw reactor in the absence of oxygen at medium temperatures (< 500 °Celsius). The formation of tar and other pollutants is prevented by optimized process conditions in the various reactor zones.
Second stage: In a post-reformer, the coal and vapors are catalytically refined further at temperatures of up to 700 °Celsius to improve gas yield and product quality. The vapors are then cooled. During condensation, oil and process water are separated. The remaining gas is cleaned.
Three products: oil, gas, coal
Synthesis gas, a dust-free product gas with a very high hydrogen content, which can be up to 50 percent.
Carbonisate (»biochar«) with a high carbon content, which is used in-situ as a catalyst in the TCR process itself, can serve as a soil conditioner or can be stored.
A pyrolysis oil with a petroleum-like consistency, which has a high calorific value and very low acid values (comparable to vegetable oils). It can either be refined together with mineral crude oil in refineries (co-processing) or further processed into products such as petrol and diesel.