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AUTARK Institute and Agnion Energy Develop Catalytic Gas Purification for Biomethane

July 9, 2013

Methane from wood and organic waste to be fed into the grid

GÖRLITZ, Germany, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

In June 2013 the AUTARK Institute for Energy Research launched a cooperation with
agnion energy GmbH with the aim of developing catalytic gas purification technology for
the so-called “Heatpipe Reformer” (HPR). In future this will enable biomethane to be
produced and fed into the public grid in addition to electricity and heating.

The agnion energy HPR is a pioneering wood-gasification power plant with an electrical
output of 400 kW and a thermal output of 630 kW, and has so far been utilised to generate
power and heating. The aim of the research project is to expand the application range.
High-quality methane gas with a level of purity that enables it to be fed into the grid is
now to be generated on the basis of wood or biogenic solid waste. The downstream catalytic
gas purification process will then remove impurities such as sulphur and hydrocarbons from
the synthesis gas.

Autark Institute brings together research and industry

The project leader is Prof. Juergen Karl, Professor of Energy Process Technology at
the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Scientific support will be provided by the
University of Zittau/Gorlitz and the Fraunhofer Institute for Safety and Energy Technology
(UMSICHT) in Oberhausen. Ten years ago Professor Karl and his team developed the HPR at
the Technical University of Munich before protecting the system with over 30 patents and
preparing it for the market.

Within the framework of the cooperation leading scientists and agnion energy GmbH are
working on sustainable solutions for energy and gas generation which do not rely on
imports. The cooperation is initially planned for two years.

The Autark Institute is committed to finding and promoting solutions for sustainable
energy supplies on the basis of renewable raw materials. In the process the research
projects of companies and scientific institutions are coordinated and managed.

For more information please see http://www.agnion.de and http://www.autark.de.

        Contact:

        Autark  - Institute for Energy Research, Transfer and Consulting
        Ms Regina Krause
        Tel.: +49(0)1520-9086611
        Gruener Graben 2
        02826 Gorlitz
        Info@autarkinstitut.de

SOURCE Autark – Institute for Energy Research, Transfer and Consulting


Source: PR Newswire