More efficient biogas conversion through electrically-heated catalytic reforming reactors (ēQATOR)
Biogas is a particularly attractive renewable carbon source for decentralized production of chemicals, such as methanol, due to its huge current production capacity and opportunities for growth. In this context, ēQATOR aims to demonstrate in an industrially relevant environment (TRL6) scalable, electrically-heated catalytic reactor technologies that will allow conversion of biogas into syngas with improved efficiency compared to the state-of-art.
The central innovation in ēQATOR is the integrated development of catalysts and reactors, and two different, yet complementary, electric heating technologies, resistive and microwave heating, leading to disruptive electrically-heated reactor technologies for syngas production. ēQATOR will help transform syngas production from large-volume reactors with fired burners to renewable heated and compact reactors (up to 90% size reduction of total reactor unit and 50-75% reduction in catalyst volume), providing significant benefits from process intensification.
As a project partner Steinbeis Europa Zentrum supports:
- The communication activities in the project
- The exploitation of the project results
- The data management
- Project name: Electrically heated catalytic reforming reactors (ēQATOR)
- Funding: European Commission, Horizon Europe (Grant Agreement Number. 101058293)
- Total funding budget for the project: EUR 7.5 million
- Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Norway
- Project duration: 06/2022 – 11/2025
Keywords: Biogas conversion, electrically heated reactor technologies, dry reforming processes, process intensification