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SMARTCAT - Development of a „smart concept“ for a biogas upgrade by continuous CO2 methanation

Methanumsatz des neu entwickelten «Smartcat» (blau) im Vergleich zu konventionellen Konzepten (grau, entfeuchtet) bei gleichen Betriebsbedingungen (T=300°C und 1 bar).

At a glance

  • Project leader : Dr. Andre Heel
  • Project team : Dr. Andreas Borgschulte, Dr. Renaud Delmelle
  • Project budget : CHF 850'000
  • Project status : completed
  • Funding partner : Federal government (Bundesamt für Energie), Other (FOGA)


The aim of the project is the development and demonstration of a new concept for a continuously operated CO2 methanation reactor for organic sources. On base of a novel and innovative concept, a self-regenerating sorption catalyst (SMARTCAT), it has to be demonstrated how residual CO2 from biogas plants can be efficiently converted with regenerative hydrogen (RH2) to an enriched and pure methane stream. The methane should be of such a quality already after the conversion that it can directly injected into the existing natural gas grid.