Heat to endothermic industrial processes with new efficient combustion method in fluidized bed
Research Project , 2016 – 2020

New efficient technology for generation of heat to process industries will be developed and demonstrated. Target applications are industrial processes with endothermic reactions in tube reactors, mainly steam methane reforming but also for example the production of olefins. These are very significant industrial processes within the refinery and chemical industries. The technology is based on oxidation of fuel inside bubbling fluidized beds. This differs from conventional fluidized bed combustion in which heat is generated mainly above the bed. Oxidation inside the bed will be realized by use of active bed material which reacts chemically with fuel and air. By generating heat inside the bed this technology will fully take advantage of the effective conditions for heat transfer in fluidized beds. This will enable the design of small, cheap, compact and energy-efficient equipment. To a certain extent, it will also allow for the substitution of fossil fuels with biomass.


Magnus Rydén (contact)

Professor at Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology


Haldor Topsoe

Kongens Lyngby, Denmark


Swedish Energy Agency

Project ID: P40559-1
Funding Chalmers participation during 2016–2020


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