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Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation (ADREM) responds to the EU Horizon 2020 call SPIRE-05-2015 and is a research and innovation project in which leading European industries, university groups and research institutes in process intensification, catalytic reactor engineering and process control team up to address the domain of resource- and energy-efficient valorisation of variable methane feedstocks to C2+ hydrocarbons.


About the project

Start Date: 1st October 2015

Duration: 48 months

Budget: 6 million €

Coordinator: Prof. Andrzej Stankiewicz, TU Delft, NL


The ADREM (Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorization) project is dedicated to innovation in resource and energy efficiency in process industries. In four years, a consortium of 10 European organizations, led by TU Delft, will focus on the development of new and intensified adaptable catalytic reactor systems for flexible and decentralized production at high process performance. The reactors should be able to operate with changing feedstock compositions and deliver on-demand the required product distribution by switching selected operational parameters and/or changing modular catalyst cartridges. In the long term, the reactors are expected to operate energy- and emission-lean using green electricity as the direct, primary energy source.



The societal importance of methane as the source of energy and chemicals in the coming decennia cannot be overestimated. The enormous reserves, its potential contribution to improved environmental sustainability, and lower overall costs point to natural gas as the dominating primary source for energy and chemicals in the near future. Small natural gas reservoirs, shale gas, coalbed methane, agricultural biogas and deep-sea methane hydrates contribute to the great diversity of methane sources. This diversity creates a need to develop modular, flexible catalytic reactor systems capable of valorizing methane to longer hydrocarbons and of operating with changing methane feedstocks in various environments.



Adaptable Reactors for Resource- and Energy-Efficient Methane Valorisation 

Predstavitev obnovljenih laboratorijev in projekta ADREM predstavnikom medijev



This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [636820]

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