Institut für Energietechnik (IET)

Methanol synthesis

The IET Institute for Energy Technology conducts research in the area of synthetic energy carriers. One of the promising technologies is the synthesis of methanol out of hydrogen and carbon dioxide. To enhance the know-how in that field, a demonstration rig has been built. It runs semi-automatic and produces 120g of a methanol-water mixture per hour.

Within the scope of multiple research projects, the operating modes are investigated. The goal is to achieve a maximal production rate with the best possible energy efficiency. The maximum efficiency that can be achieved theoretically is 85%.

Simulation of the temperature distribution and the molar fraction of the methanol within the reactor


Boris Meier
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