Division Processes

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Biorefinery/Biofuels

We develop, integrate and optimize production methods of biofuels and bio-based chemicals of the second generation, which do not compete with food. Our process input consist of sustainable raw materials, residues and residue-based materials of different purity such as wood, straw, sugars, fats, oils, algae, alcohols, acids, and ketones.

We are pointing out strategies for the future to sustainably and competitively produce fuels and chemicals, and are striving for an efficient integrating of biotechnology and chemistry. Our service portfolio ranges from fundamental research all the way to initial process engineering designs and cost estimates. One of the fundamentals for this is a broad knowledge in the area of catalytic synthesis of fuels and chemical products from renewable resources.

Chemicals and Formulations

From sustainably (fermentative) produced, bio-based raw materials and residues (among others: oils, fats, alcohols, sugars, celluloses, algae) we are producing via catalytic processes chemicals and fuels that can replace, in the short to medium-term, products that are produced in a non-sustainable manner. We use automated laboratory equipment (mini-plants) to develop processes, which can be operated even at high temperatures and pressures. We carry out analyses and application testing of products and provide a basic design for processes that can be integrated in a centralized or decentralized fashion in the chemical industry.

We add value to chemicals and fuels by chemical modification as well as by formulation and expand their material base. The resulting products are used primarily for applications in the customer-care sector (medicine, cosmetics, household, textiles). In our developments, we rely on a wide range of analytical methods (among others, structure analysis and thermoanalysis).

Thermochemical Conversion and Hydrocarbons

Vegetable oils, bio-based old fats and algae lipids represent both chemically and energetically valuable substance mixtures. We convert them, inter alia through catalytic processes, into fuel components and chemical raw materials. Before the catalytic step we separate the interfering substances out and hence can even employ low-grade residues profitably.

Solid biomasses, mainly residues and waste products from agriculture and forestry are transformed into liquid and gaseous intermediate products which find their way into classic refinery processes as regenerative carbon sources or are used in decentralized CHPs using the thermal processes of pyrolysis and gasification.