Technical Tour AMSTERDAM

THURSDAY 28th September 2023

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 Technical Tour  AMSTERDAM
 07:30  Departure from nhow Hotel Rotterdam
 07:30–09:15  Bus Transfer to Shell´s Energy Transition Campus in Amsterdam
 09:30–12:00  Technical Tour of Shell´s Energy Transition Campus in Amsterdam
 12:00–12:30  Bus Transfer to Avantium´s main R&D laboratory
 12:30–14:30  Technical Tour of Avantium´s main R&D laboratory
 14:30–16:00  Bus Transfer to nhow Hotel Rotterdam

First Stop: Shell Research Center in Amsterdam
Address: Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam, Grasweg 31, 1031 HW, Amsterdam


Shell is active in Fisher-Tropsch catalysis research for more than 40 years. The first GTL/XTL pilot plant was commissioned in 1983. A new pilot plant – built and commissioned when Shell moved to the new Research Centre in Amsterdam in 2009 – has been instrumental to the development of catalysts and GTL process, in addition to supporting commercial projects such as SMDS in Malaysia in 1993, and Pearl GTL in Qatar in 2011. Since 2009, the GTL pilot plant has being used to for process improvement and the development of new and improved catalysts for the Fisher-Tropsch process.

In recent years, the pilot plant has been used to demonstrate that sustainable synthetic kerosine can be produced in high yields on the basis of CO2, water and renewable power. In 2021, 500 liters of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the pilot plant as fuel for a commercial KLM aircraft (For more information: Today, the GTL pilot plant is mostly used to assist process development of XTL routes for the conversion of municipal and biomass waste, CO2 and renewable power into sustainable fuels.

During the site visit, conference participants will be able to visit Shell’s R&D center as well as the GTL pilot facility for exchanges with Shell’s experts.

Final Stop: Avantium
Address: Science Park Laboratory, Matrix Building 6, Science Park 408, 1098 XH, Amsterdam


Avantium is a pioneer in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. Avantium is headq uartered in Amsterdam, employing approximately 200 people, with extensive R&D laboratories and three pilot plants in Geleen and Delfzijl, the Netherlands. It is an innovation-driven company dedicated to developing and commercializing breakthrough technologies for the production of chemicals from renewable sources and circular plastic materials used for a variety of consumer products. Its lead product is PEF, a novel, plant-based, recyclable and degradable plastic material with a powerful combination of environmental and performance features. PEF has huge potential in the packaging, textiles and film sectors.

The visit to Avantium’s main R&D laboratory in Amsterdam will enable conference participants insights into Avantium’s R&D activities and technologies, as well as a site tour of their demonstration units for CO2-to-Products.