The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is a government supported institute working on a broad spectrum of energy and environmental techniques (e.g. solar, wind, biomass, climate change). The institute has about 600 employees. The ECN unit Biomass and Energy and Efficiency (BEE) develops advanced uses of biomass, advanced processing and consults on policy development and technical applications. The R&D programme is divided into Sustainable Process Technology, Heat & Biorefinery Technology, and Bioenergy. About fifty highly qualified professionals of this unit work on sustainable process technology in national and international projects with government, industries and academia.
A range of experimental and analytical facilities is available for lab and pilot-scale research & technology development. Substantial experience also exists in process modelling and integral plant design including economics evaluation and life cycle analysis. The ECN Energy Efficiency program focuses on increasing the energy efficiency and reducing the environmental footprint of industrial processes and will take the lead role in the FLEDGED project.
Role in FLEDGED
In the project, ECN focusses on the development of the sorption enhanced DME synthesis (SEDMES) process. ECN is the leader of process validation at TRL 5 activities, and will also be highly involved in Component development and Modelling and process integration. ECN will select the SEDMES catalyst/sorbent system to be brought to TRL 5 validation testing. ECN will adapt its in-house developed process simulator for dynamic sorption based systems to the SEDMES process, where this tool is used for cycle design and optimization. The optimal cycle is demonstrated and used in the total system analysis, the techno-economic analysis and life-cycle analysis, as well as for sustainability and process safety assessment.