TU Bergakademie Freiberg – Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering


The TU Bergakademie Freiberg was founded in 1765. It is the German University of Resources focusing 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 the leading institution in research and development activities relating to large-scale gasification processes in Germany.

The research at IEC is carried out under two chairs:

(1) Chair of Energy Process Engineering (EVT): focuses on innovative processes, technologies and systems associated with transition from a linear and carbon intensive to a low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy for sectors ranging from energy, chemical, waste, metallurgy to processing industries. Key objectives are (1) the minimization of CO2 emissions associated with the thermo-chemical conversion of primary and secondary carbon resources, and (2) changing waste from a problem to a resource.  

R&D activities at EVT range focus on fossil as well as renewable energy resources such as crude oil, natural gas, coal, biomass, carbon-containing waste and CO2. Through a coupling with renewable energy („green“ electricity, „green“ hydrogen) and the chemical recycling of secondary carbon resources, CO2 emissions-free chemical production can be achieved and technically realized.

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 100 scientists and technical specialists. EVT staff is organized in 7 R&D divisions across four R&D focuses: 

1)      Feedstock & conversion

  • Mineral matter
  • Thermochemical conversion

2)      Processes & components

  • CFD modelling
  • Plant operation

3)      Technologies

  • Technologies for solid fuels gasification
  • Syngas technologies

4)      Systems

  • Technology assessment

Aim of EVT’s R&D activities is to make a substantial and impactful contribution to the successful transformation of carbon intensive sectors from a linear towards a sustainable, resource-efficient, low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy. Additionally, we aim to make a significant contribution to resolve the global waste crisis.

(2) Chair 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.

Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering
Fuchsmuehlenweg 9 D, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
Phone: +49-3731-394511 / Fax: +49-3731-394555

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East China University of Science & Technology – Institute of Clean Coal Technology (ICCT)


Institute of Clean Coal Technology (ICCT), an institute of East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), was found in 1995. There are 19 faculties including 8 Professors, 7 Associate Professors now working in ICCT, mainly focusing on both the fundamental and applied research of coal gasification and the high-efficiency conversion of natural gas/shale gas, petroleum coke, biomass and other carbonaceous materials.


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ICCT carried out systematic fundamental study in the fields of multiphase impinging flow field, impinging flame structure and temperature distribution, multiphase and turbulence reaction process simulation, dense phase powder pneumatic convey, etc. ICCT has successfully developed the Opposed Multi-Burner (OMB) gasification technology. So far, ECUST’s OMB coal-water slurry gasification technology with the coal capacity from the range of 750 to 4000 t/d has successfully achieved the industrial demonstration and operation, and has been applied in 57 industry projects and 158 gasifiers, among which 74 gasifiers in 28 projects are currently running smoothly. Besides the OMB gasification technology, SE dry feed/CWS coal gasification technology was jointly developed by SINOPEC and ECUST, and the demonstration plant with a capacity of 1000 t/d built at Yangzi Petroleum Co., Ltd has been successfully started up in January 2014. In addition, the non-catalytic partial oxidation technology has been also applied to 8 projects.

Institute of Clean Coal Technology, East China University of Science and Technology
No. 272, Meilong Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, P.R. China
Phone: +86-21-6451312 / Fax: +86-21-64251312

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Synfuels China Technology Co., Ltd.

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Synfuels China Technology Co. Ltd. (Synfuels China) was established in 2006 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and several companies focusing on coal-to-liquids (CTL) and gas-to-liquids (GTL) research and development. Synfules China has the most advanced FT research lab in the world, pilot and demonstrative facilities, and experience in commercial development. Synfuels China advances itself on fundamental research and commercial development from equipment, reaction units, process, catalyst production, engineering design, operation, and manufacture. Synfuels China is technology innovator and provider by owning advanced FT and fuel upgrading technologies, and it also offers services for engineering design and EPC contractor for CTL and GTL project development.


The Synfuels China’s head office and R&D center are located in Huairou district, Beijing that employs over 900 employees on research, development, engineering design and project execution. Synfuels China owns the key technology of high efficient FT and products upgrading systems with independent intellectual property rights. A high-quality R&D team has been formed, with expertise covers quantum chemistry, chemical engineering, catalysis, chemical reaction kinetics, fluid dynamics, chemical analysis, process simulation, chemical process, and equipment and instrument, etc.

Synfuels China has successfully built three CTL demonstration plants in China with advanced FT technology, high efficient catalysts, and modern fuel upgrading system. The three plants are owned by Yitai Group, Luan Group, and Shenhua Group and were all commissioned in 2010 and achieved the designed capacity within one year. So far the three plants have been operated smoothly and become very profitable projects, and one of which has been operated under 110–115 % designed capacity (4500 bpd) since 2011. The successful development and operation of the three CTL demonstration plants results in a series of large scale commercial plant developments in China, in 2016, Shenhua Ningmei 4 million tons/year commercial plant was successfully constructed and commissioned by using this technology and met remarkable success.

As the advanced FT and upgrading technologies provider, Synfuels China provides the self-owned intellectual property right catalyst to the client to ensure high production in additional of serving early phase project exploration, plant commission, and start-up. Being the core technology provider (FT and upgrading units) Synfuels China is able to work with various CTL or GTL project by doing feasibility, engineering design (feasibility study, engineering package of PDP, general/basic/detailed engineering design contractor), and EPC contractor for FT and upgrading units or entire plant. Synfuels is able to provide service to a series of scales of FT unit, CTL, or GTL project between 1000 BPD and 100,000 BPD. With advanced technology and commercial development experiences in China, Synfuels China is now looking opportunity and partners to jointly develop CTL or GTL project worldwide.

Synfuels China Technology Co. Ltd.
Leyuan Sourth II Street 1, Yanqi Development Zone, Huairou District, Beijing, POB. 101407,P.R. China
Phone: +86-10-69667700 / Fax: +86-10-69667777

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Synfuels Homepage

Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences-State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion

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The State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion (SKLCC), a laboratory of Institute of Coal Chemistry, CAS, was founded in 1991 with a loan from the World Bank and was officially running in 1995. The current director of SKLCC is Prof. Weibin Fan.

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The primary mission of SKLCC is to provide core technology and solution for clean and efficient utilization of coal to meet the nations increasing demand for energy security and sustainable development of the economy and society. SKLCC conducts forefront, fundamental and applied research on coal conversion with emphasis on converting coal to transportation fuels, chemicals and materials, and solving environmental problems associated with coal utilization. Five main research fields of SKLCC are direct coal conversion, indirect coal conversion and C1 chemistry, catalytic chemistry and engineering in methanol conversion, environmental catalysis and engineering, and new materials and new processes. Many applied technologies by SKLCC have been used in coal chemical industry, such as iron base slurry-bed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, cobalt base fixed-bed Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, ICC fluidized bed coal gasification, flue gas multiple pollution removal with carbonous catalyst, methanol to gasoline. 

State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion,
Institute of Coal Chemistry, CAS
Taoyuan Road 27#, 030001
Taiyuan, Shanxi, China

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