TU Bergakademie Freiberg – Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering
The TU Bergakademie Freiberg is established in 1765. As the German University of Resources, it focuses on education and research along the whole value chain of mineral and energy resources from exploration, mining, conversion and beneficiation to recycling. This specialization is reflected in the profile of the university: Geo, Material, Energy and Environment.
The International Freiberg Conference is organized by the Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC). Not only is IEC the biggest institute in TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Saxony; it is also one of the leading institutions in research and development activities relating to low carbon, circular and hydrogen technologies in Europe.
Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering
Fuchsmuehlenweg 9 D, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
Phone: +49-3731-394511 / Fax: +49-3731-394555
R&D activities at IEC are carried out under three professorships:
Professorship for Energy Process Engineering (EVT)
The Professorship of Energy Process Engineering (EVT) focuses on enabling the sustainable utilization of carbon resources via the e-CH2T-Concept:
(e-): Integration of electricity via plasma discharge, conduction, induction, radiation or generation of auxiliary substances (e.g. O2, H2) in chemical reactions
(C): Closing of the carbon cycle through chemical recycling, utilization of biogenic waste and the development of CO2 sources (e.g. for e-Fuels or e-Chemicals)
(H2): Production of hydrogen on the basis of biogenic waste, pyrolytic splitting of hydrocarbons and reforming / partial oxidation with integrated CO2 management
T: Development of technologies – building on classic thermochemical conversion processes (i.e. gasification and pyrolysis) and supported with life-cycle and techno-economic assessments – for industrial applications
Main R&D themes are:
- Chemical recycling (pyrolysis & gasification)
- Sustainable hydrogen production (green hydrogen, turquoise hydrogen)
- CO2-neutral synthetic fuels (Methanol-to-Gasoline, Methanol-to-Kerosene)
Besides four large-scale pilot platform facilities, EVT also operates a fully-equipped laboratory facility and diverse bench-scale facilities with an interdisciplinary team of about 80 scientists and technical specialists. EVT staff is organized in the following R&D divisions:
- Electrothermal & Thermochemical Conversion
- Gasification Systems
- Syngas Technologies
- Circular Carbon Technologies
- Technology Assessment
- Plant Operation
EVT’s R&D activities aim to make substantial and impactful contributions to the successful transformation of carbon intensive sectors from a linear towards a sustainable, resource-efficient, low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy.
Professorship for Reaction Engineering (RT)
The Professorship for Reaction Engineering (RT) address fundamental and applied aspects in the field of exhaust gas purification, CO2 reduction as well as production of synthetic and biogenic fuels. A particular feature is the knowledge-based development of advanced catalytic materials and chemical processes. These activities cover a wide area of research ranging from preparation and physical-chemical characterization of catalysts, in situ/operando spectroscopy, kinetic modeling to reactor and process engineering.
Professorship for Modeling of Thermochemical Conversion Processes (MTK)
The Professorship for Modeling of Thermochemical Conversion Processes (MTK) focuses on model-based investigation, development and optimization of new, sustainable technologies in the chemical industry and metallurgy. These includes reactors of various designs as well as different syntheses. The R&D activities cover the entire scale, from chemically reacting single particles to the overall reactor, and extend from basic research to technology development in cooperation with partners from industry and business.