Welcome to the Chair of EVT
The Chair of Energy Process Engineering
Leading R&D institute in Europe for the sustainable chemical conversion of primary and secondary carbon resources.
Enabling the transformation from a linear to circular carbon economy.
Closing the carbon cycle through sector coupling i.e. integration of energy, chemical, waste management and recycling industries.
Connecting key international players at the nexus of science, technology and society
The education and R&D profile of the Chair of Energy Process Engineering (EVT) focuses on innovative processes, technologies and systems associated with closing the carbon cycle for sectors ranging from energy, chemical, waste, metallurgy to processing industries. This profile is strengthened by the integration of the business unit „Chemical Conversion Processes“ of the Fraunhofer Institute IMWS Halle at the Chair. Key objective is the minimization of CO2 emissions associated with the thermo-chemical conversion of primary and secondary carbon resources. These include 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. Our R&D activities thus make a critical contribution to the successful and sustain-able transformation of the energy and raw material sectors from a linear to circular carbon economy in Germany.
To achieve our objectives, modern energy process engineering methods ranging from experimental process evaluation, CFD simulation, flow-sheet simulation, mineral phase simulation, reactive fluid dynamics to thermodynamic process chains analysis are utilized. The interdisciplinary integration with chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical), numerical mathematics, material engineering, non-ferrous and ferrous metallurgy as well as with business administration/economics/social sciences support a holistic evaluation of energy and raw material systems which is a unique strength of the chair.
The following R&D areas at EVT are highlighted:
- processes and technologies for low emission, thermo-chemical conversion of primary and secondary carbon resources (extraction, hydrogenation, pyrolysis, coking, gasification, partial oxidation, reforming, XtL and PtX technologies) as well as metallurgical reduction
- predictive process simulation and virtualization i.e. integration of simulation and experiments at all levels of scale-up including large-scale test facilities – a unique R&D approach for universities in Germany
- process chains simulation and life cycle assessment (LCA)
- technology assessment, scientific and technology communication as well as public acceptance research
Our fields of research are reflected by our educational profile, as well. The chair is responsible for student education in the study course process engineering with its specialization energy process engineering. Besides that, a large number of lectures and seminars related to energy and fuel conversion processes is offered to other study courses. In this context, practical relevance of the lecture content is of high importance. In addition to student education, we offer qualification courses to companies with the courses being hold in English language and focusing on synthesis gas generation and thermochemical conversion processes.
Considering our research, the Chair of EVT belongs to strongest in Germany with regard to third-party funds. A large number of small and large research projects covering the fields of fundamental and applied research is being initiated and performed often in collaboration with our numerous partners from scientific institutions and industry, e.g. VIRTUHCON and DER. Besides that, we actively develop a network involving our scientific and industrial partners, e.g. NK2. One of the highlights is the International “Freiberg Conference on IGCC & XtL Technologies” being an internationally visible conference organized every two years and attracting a well-mixed international audience from science and industry in our field of work.
Since June 2020 interested visitors can go on a discovery trail and discover interesting facts on carbon at the outside area of the institute. First insights can be received by the teaser.
Further information related to the eight groups conducting research at the chair, our staff, equipment and facilities, our student education and topics for term papers, bachelor, master and diploma theses as well as news is provided on the following pages of our web site.