Energy-efficient chemical multiphase processes 

The energy alliance “Energy-efficient chemical multiphase processes” is developing specific research approaches for energy-efficient chemical reaction technology. The so-called multiphase reactors are particular focal points by which gases and liquids are brought to a reaction through high pressures and temperatures. Such facilities comprise a large proportion of the industrial-chemical reaction installations and contribute considerably to energy usage in the chemical industry. 

The alliance bundles competencies and R&D activities in the sectors of chemical reaction technology, multiphase flows, numerical simulation and apparatus design methods, processes and multiphase measuring technology as well as catalysis and intensified reactor technologies, in order to ascertain energy-saving potential and to develop methods and tools that improve process comprehension, process guidance and process simulation. Over the long-term, such new reactor concepts for energy- and resource-efficient chemical processes on the basis of process- and reaction-adjusted structured multiphase apparatuses are to be developed.

In the course of the project and in addition to technological queries, aspects of sustainability in the context of system analyses shall be taken into consideration from the beginning. After completion of the three-year funding period, the activities in the context of a research focal point of multiphase process technology shall be continued by participating Helmholtz centres. 

  • Duration: July 2012 to June 2015
  • Funding amount: ca. 4.8M euros
  • Leadership: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
  • Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Uwe Hampel
  • Participating Helmholtz centres: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Universities: Dresden University of Technology, Technical University of Hamburg, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Associated partners: Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS)
  • Caption: Schematic diagram for a multiphase reactor with structured fittings; in the background – visualised multiphase flows in the HZDR. 
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