The research institutes SINTEF Materials and Chemistry (SINTEF MK) and SINTEF Petroleum Research have merged from 1 January 2018. The new institute is called SINTEF Industry, the biggest research institute within SINTEF AS, a non-profit research foundation and Scandinavia’s largest independent research organization with more than 2100 employees with headquarter in Trondheim. SINTEF Industry has built extended competences and know-how in experimentation and mathematical modelling within the fields of processes utilizing catalyst and sorbent materials, chemical looping technologies.
This is highlighted by SINTEF Industry’s participation in several national and international projects, acting either as coordinator or partner. Of strong relevance for the present proposal is theircompetence of oxygen sorbent and catalyst materials, process development (i.e. fluidised, fixed and rotating beds) and modelling activities for chemical looping (reforming, combustion) and natural gas conversion processes (partial oxidation, oxidative dehydrogenation, reforming, etc).
Role in CHEERS
WP 3 – Oxygen carrier development and production
SINTEF Industry (formerly SINTEF MK) contributes expertise on oxygen carriers. It has a sizeable group of researchers dedicated to materials science and related processes, and excels in developing materials with specific oxygen stoichiometry. SINTEF Industry is highly regarded when it comes to emerging and improved oxygen-carrier materials and their usage. In this endeavour, it has a large range of equipment, including a semi-industrial spray granulator, a spray drier, and a fully automated cyclic gas testing system used with a thermogravimetric measurement system for screening material properties (i.e. capacities, kinetics, enthalpy, mapping of effects related to partial pressure of oxygen etc.). It also has at its disposal other automated test units for specific testing of material in fixed and fluidised bed, and for studying gas conversion and material behaviour. In the latter unit, CLC material tests are carried out in a 3kW attrition test rig. For the characterisation of materials, instruments are at hand for in-situ x-ray diffraction of materials in a controlled atmosphere and temperature, and for cold attrition testing. The equipment also includes reactors for reactivity tests. Pre- and post- characterisation tools of surfaces/micro-structure by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) are also at hand.