Fluidized Bed Conversion Systems

This competence area focuses on thermal gasification and subsequent synthesis. Biomass and residuals are used as input material for gasification. The gasification process converts the feedstock into product gas, which BEST uses to produce synthetic fuels (FT diesel, FT kerosene, methanol), gaseous energy sources (hydrogen and synthetic natural gas) or chemicals. The production and use of
these is largely CO2 neutral if the process is based on renewable resources (biomass, sewage sludge, …). This conversion of residuals into storable energy sources plays an important role in our vision of a sustainable and future-proof energy supply. (Excess) power from wind and solar power plants can also be stored in the form of additional hydrogen used for synthesis.

The product gas is also used directly for heat and power production; for example, ash-rich residuals can be converted into a clean, ash-free and above all highcalorific fuel gas for various industrial applications. Processing the product gas into storable energy sources, however, is becoming ever more important, not least because it allows use of existing infrastructure for liquid fuels and natural gas (drop-in fuels in the automotive sector and the existing natural gas network).

The individual methods are developed and optimized in three fields along the process chain: gas production (thermal gasification), gas treatment and gas application and use (synthesis). Our research involves developing and advancing individual process steps, overall processes and the infrastructure required. BEST has the expertise and infrastructure needed to investigate complete process chains. By continuously expanding our knowledge and cutting-edge facilities we have achieved an internationally leading position in industrial biomass gasification based on long standing experience in the field.