The EReTech project con­sor­tium demon­strates sig­nif­i­cant poten­tial for indus­tri­al lead­er­ship in key strate­gic val­ue chains relat­ed to the sup­ply of raw mate­ri­als, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the field of hydro­gen pro­duc­tion. By devel­op­ing a com­pact reac­tor with unmatched pow­er den­si­ty, the con­sor­tium aims to enable par­tic­i­pat­ing engi­neer­ing com­pa­nies such as LINDE, HYGEAR, and SYPOX to estab­lish a lead­er­ship posi­tion in pro­vid­ing high-puri­ty H2 with an unmatched car­bon foot­print and econ­o­my. The tech­nol­o­gy tar­gets scal­a­bil­i­ty adapt­able to local reg­u­la­tions, offer­ing solu­tions from renew­able H2 pro­duc­tion (e.g., from bio­gas) to blue H2 (com­bin­ing con­ven­tion­al methane with CO2 cap­ture and stor­age). Impor­tant­ly, the pro­posed tech­nol­o­gy is more effi­cient and eas­i­er to con­trol than con­ven­tion­al steam-methane reform­ing, elim­i­nat­ing the need for burn­ers and fireboxes.One sig­nif­i­cant aspect is the use of bio­genic resources like bio­gas, which can sup­port the imple­men­ta­tion of H2 as a major ener­gy vec­tor. With numer­ous bio­gas plant oper­a­tors across Europe, espe­cial­ly in Ger­many, Italy, and France, the project address­es the need for a tran­si­tion to renew­able H2 pro­duc­tion while ensur­ing eco­nom­ic via­bil­i­ty. Addi­tion­al­ly, the sta­bil­i­ty of bio­gas pro­duc­tion helps to sta­bi­lize H2 pro­duc­tion com­pared to fluc­tu­at­ing wind and solar ener­gy inputs. Bio­gas gen­er­at­ed from sources like manure could even result in H2 with a neg­a­tive car­bon foot­print.From a tech­ni­cal per­spec­tive, the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­posed by EReTech offers trans­for­ma­tive changes in tech­nol­o­gy, sim­pli­fy­ing oper­a­tions and opti­miz­ing resource and ener­gy use across var­i­ous scales of real­iza­tion. It enables the con­tin­u­a­tion of eco­nom­i­cal oper­a­tions for bio­gas plants and offers a sus­tain­able path for H2 pro­duc­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly in regions with lim­it­ed local elec­tric­i­ty gen­er­a­tion from renewables.The project also aims for indus­tri­al lead­er­ship in clean, decar­boniz­ing indus­tries, con­tribut­ing to cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion efforts. The con­sor­tium’s com­mit­ment to invest­ing in decar­boniza­tion tech­nolo­gies aligns with broad­er goals of reduc­ing car­bon foot­prints and improv­ing envi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance. Through cross-sec­toral coop­er­a­tion along the val­ue chain, includ­ing util­i­ty com­pa­nies, man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies, and engi­neer­ing con­trac­tors, the con­sor­tium plans to trans­form busi­ness mod­els to rely more on renew­able sources and less on fos­sil fuels.Completing the project is expect­ed to have pro­found impacts on sci­en­tif­ic, tech­ni­cal, eco­nom­ic, and soci­etal lev­els. It will enable the scal­able real­iza­tion of elec­tri­fied reac­tors for H2 pro­duc­tion, offer­ing high­ly pure car­bon-neu­tral H2 and con­tribut­ing to the ener­gy tran­si­tion. The soci­etal impacts include cre­at­ing H2 val­leys based on cir­cu­lar economies, accel­er­at­ing the adop­tion of green fuels in var­i­ous indus­tries, and reduc­ing CO2 emis­sions sig­nif­i­cant­ly.

Project Partners

Grant agree­ment ID: 101058608
Start date   1 June 2022
End date   30 Novem­ber 2025

Elec­tri­fied Reac­tor Tech­nol­o­gy