By 2050, the chemical industry should operate in a climate-neutral fashion, which means phasing-out fossil oil, gas, and coal. Therefore, alternative carbon sources and renewable energy have to be utilized in order to replace fossil reserves. A new Stuttgart Research Initiative, named CHEM|Ampere, will elaborate on the concept of such a future chemical factory, both from a fundamental and application-oriented standpoint. The University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) will be involved in the initiative.
CHEM|ampere aims to develop technologies for the sustainable CO2-neutral production of chemicals. The concept of this research initiative is based on the use of renewable electricity as a secondary energy form to activate the non-fossil and readily available raw materials CO2, H2O, O2, and N2. CHEM|ampere focuses on three electrical production technologies:
- Plasma processes
- Electrolysis processes
- Electrically heated reactors
CHEMampere special series article has been published!
Early in 2022, the CHEMampere team published a manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering detailing the motivations and goals of the CHEMampere initiative. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art of the three main technologies (plasma, electrolysis and ohmic heating of catalysts) pursued by CHEMampere is discussed, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each as well as giving some timeframe estimates as to when such technologies can be expected to reach industrial-scale maturity, based on the experience of the CHEMampere collaborators.
CHEMampere partners develop new method to replace natural gas in the chemical industry
It is with great satisfaction that we announce that in May 2022 the CHEMampere partners of the Institute for Photovoltaics (IPV) of the University of Stuttgart, via their spin-off "Cyclize", were awarded EXIST transfer of research funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.
The funded research aims to replace natural gas as a raw material in the chemical industry with plastic waste and exhaust gas CO2 to close the carbon cycle. This is done with the use of a newly developed plasma process, developed by three young researchers – Maike Lambarth, Stephan Renninger, and Jan Stein – from the Institute for Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart.
The team at CHEMampere wishes the Cyclize team all the best in the future endeavors to bring this newly developed technology to industrial maturity!
For more information on CHEM|Ampere, please take a look at
the video presentation below: