Building small reactors for renewable electricity in chemical industry

Nieuws - 17 maart 2020 - Webredactie 3mE

The research consortium of the European Union-funded project ADREM (Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation), led by Andrzej Stankiewicz, TUD Professor of Process Intensification, successfully developed highly innovative, economically attractive and resource- and energy-efficient reactor concepts for boosting resource and energy efficiency in process industries.

Two of the developed reactor concepts were successfully validated in the long-duration tests carried out in industrially relevant environment (Technology Readiness Level 5). The reactor concepts use renewable electricity, rather than heat generated from fossil fuels, to turn methane into compounds such as ethene, benzene or methanol. Among other things, they can provide means for conversion of methane in cases when it presently has to be flared or released because of lacking connections to gas pipelines.


Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation (ADREM) responds to the EU Horizon 2020 call SPIRE-05-2015 and is a research and innovation project. ADREM's main goal is the development of a highly innovative, economically attactive and rescource- and energy-efficient valorisation process of variable methane feedstocks to higher hydrocarbons and liquid fuels. The ADREM team involved leading industries, university groups and research institutes in process intensification, catalytic reactor engineering and process control from 8 European countries. The international and intersectoral ADREM consortium was coordinated and led by Andrzej Stankiewicz, Professor of Process Intensification at TU Delft.

The innovative solutions and reactor technologies designed by ADREM will be developed further in upcoming projects and will contribute to a greener and more sustainable Europe.

Please find more information on the ADREM website

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Fien Bosman

Press officer