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Chemistry 2.0: KIT Participates in INERATEC Spinoff

Innovation in the Energy Sector: INERATEC Develops, Produces, and Commercializes Compact Chemical Facilities to Convert Gases into High-quality Fuels
Der chemische Reaktor von INERATEC
INERATEC’s microstructured chemical reactor can convert methane-containing gases into liquid synthetic fuels of highest quality. (Photo: INERATEC/KIT)
Gruppenbild der INERATEC-Gründer
The founders of INERATEC from left to right: Philipp Engelkamp, Paolo Piermartini, Peter Pfeifer, and Tim Böltken. (Photo: INERATEC/Boeltken)

Apart from teaching and research, innovation is one of the three core tasks of KIT. Consequently, technology transfer from fundamental research to trendsetting products is supported with adequate tools. Now, KIT has decided to participate as a partner in INERATEC GmbH. KIT will invest in this innovative spinoff that may revolutionize chemical process engineering and contribute to the success of the energiewende in the area of chemical energy storage systems.

The core of the new technology is a microstructured chemical reactor developed by KIT’s Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT). INERATEC has developed this technology further to a marketable compact chemical facility. It is the first facility of this type that can convert small and medium volumes of methane-containing gases from fossil or renewable sources or waste gas from oil or biogas production into liquid synthetic fuel of highest quality, e.g. petrol, diesel, and kerosene. The facility can also be used to convert regenerative hydrogen and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into fuels. The turnkey facilities commercialized by INERATEC are mobile and fit into a conventional ship container.

Further information in the Press Release 114/2016.

sur, 17.08.2016