Simple biorefinery concepts for the production of sustainable carbon products will be investigated in the GreenCarbon Lab at the Wieselburg site of BEST. The heart of the GreenCarbon Lab consists of two pyrolysis units:
- The laboratory-scale system is primarily used for product characterization – new input materials are tested and their specific conversion behavior under different process conditions are examined as well as the quantity and quality of the products formed.
- The pilot plant-scale pyrolysis unit enables transition from the research to the demonstration plant. Knowledge gained in the laboratory is implemented and validated in this system with the aim of producing GreenCarbon products with defined properties. The capacity of the pilot plant is selected in such a way that product batches can be manufactured in larger quantities (approx. 0,1 – 5 tons) for subsequent application tests – e.g. as part of industrial trials at company partners.
In addition, equipment for process and product analysis enables a detailed study of the conversion reactions and the characterization of the products obtained. These data form the basis for the further development of simulation models.
Apart from the process itself, attention is also being paid to the further development of control and automation technology: On the basis of model-based control concepts, the improvement of the raw material flexibility of technologies and the optimization of the energetic integration of heat and power generation in overall concepts are being investigated.