Current projects Energy Efficiency

ECN is playing an active role in a number of energy efficiency projects in i.a. TKI-ISPT innovation clusters (PPP), a cooperation between industry, universities and knowledge institutes to speed up and improve the efficiency of innovation processes. Below is a brief description of some of the projects ECN Energy Efficiency is currently working on.

    Within the H2020 co-sponsored STEPWISE project, ECN will demonstrate in a large industrial pilot an advanced pre-combustion CO2 capture technology. Real blast furnace gas coming from a steel plant will be treated with the SEWGS, Sorption Enhanced Water Gas Shift, technology.

  • FReSMe:
    FReSMe is a H2020 co-sponsored project in which about 1 ton of methanol per day will be produced on the basis of residual gases from the steel industry. The SEWGS technology will be used to upgrade the blast furnace gas originating from a steel plant. In subsequent steps, the product stream will be treated and converted to methanol. 

    The FLEDGED  project combines a flexible sorption enhanced gasification technology with a novel technology to produce an advanced bio-based fuel, di methyl ether, DME. Recently ECN has discovered an approach that allows the one-step synthesis of DME on the basis of CO2 containing syngas that is relatively insensitive to the composition of the feedstock. Within this project we will demonstrate this technology at a pre-pilot scale, within our own laboratories.

    The ALIGN-CCUS project aims to accelerate the transition of current industry and power sectors into a future of continued economic activity and low-carbon emissions, in which carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) plays an essential role. ALIGN addresses specific issues across the CCUS chain for various industrial regions, enabling large scale, cost effective implementation of CCUS by 2025. Within this project, ECN develops a novel catalyst for the conversion of CO2 into a valuable feedstock. 

    ELEGANCY aims to develop economic viable technologies for the production of low-carbon hydrogen on the basis of fossil fuels through the use of advanced carbon capture technologies followed by sequestration. The main feed stock studied within ELEGANCY is natural gas. ECN focusses on residual gases from the industry, especially the steel and non-ferro metal sectors. 

  • 3D-CAPS:
    The project 3D-CAPS targets a productivity increase of an order of magnitude in two sorbent-based carbon capture technologies. This will lead to a substantial decrease in overall equipment size and costs. This will be achieved using the latest available techniques for materials shaping: additive manufacturing or 3D-printing. The use of 3D-printing will allow bespoke material configuration solutions that is not available with current production technologies.

    The LOCOSTO project aims to develop solutions for industrial heat storage applications in the temperature range of 100-250°C that are both technically and economically attractive. The project is coordinated by ECN and carried out in a consortium consisting of end-users DOW and Emmtec, engineering consultant DWA, system supplier Bronswerk Heat Transfer, materials suppliers Nedmag, Perstorp, Salca and Croda, and knowledge institute TNO.

  • PCM Scale-up:
    Heat storage can be applied in many industrial processes to save on energy use. With heat storage, the time difference can be bridged between supply of (residual) heat and the heat demand. The project delivers a PCM heat storage test plant on an industrial scale, providing knowledge of the performance of technology, insight into the contribution that this technology can provide to the energy saving of industrial processes and the economic feasibility and preconditions under which this technology can be used best.

  • Development thermoelectric panel:
    ECN participates with RGS Development, Tata and Ardagh on the development of a thermoelectric panel capable of converting high temperature residual heat (600 ° C) to electricity and useful heat. Hereby, the thermos electric technology  is of RGS development and ECN operates on the thermal part of the system.

  • STEPS:
    In the STEPS project a heat pump is developed based on pentane capable of producing up to 6 bara steam. This is a two-stage compression system where residual heat can be applied to both low (60 ° C) and medium temperature (100 ° C). STEPS is carried out by a large industrial consortium. This consortium consists of end users AkzoNobel, Bavaria, Dow, DSM, Heineken, Huntsman, Lamb Weston / Meijer, SmurfitKappa, Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam, technology suppliers. Bronswerk Heat Transfer, IBK and engineering and consulting company IF Technology.

  • TASTE:
    ECN works in conjunction with the TASTE (Electric-powered ThermoAcoustic High Temperature STEAM Heat Pump) project together with Bronswerk Heat Transfer, Howden Thomassen Compressors, Dow and SmurfitKappa for the development of an industrial thermal-acoustic heat pump. This heat pump is powered by a suction compressor and is able to value the residual heat of 120 ° C to a minimum of 180 ° C steam.

  • CTWB:
    The variety of thermo-acoustic heat pump technology is demonstrated in the CTWB (Compact Thermal Acoustic Heat Pump for the Built Environment). In cooperation with Blue Heart Energy, Teamwork Technology develops a small, compact heat pump that efficiently upgrades ambient heat to space and / or DHW heating.

Tip: Want to know how ECN has used its research and technology in recent projects? See our references.

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