Name: Efficient Use of Energy Resources Using Catalytic Processes

Institution: Unipetrol Centre for Research and Education, a.s.

Coordinator: Ing. František Svoboda;


CATPRO focuses on the operation of research and development facilities related to the efficient use of carbonaceous raw materials through catalytic processes. One of the greatest challenges facing research and development in the field of transforming carbonaceous energy resources (including the use of biomass) for the production of advanced liquid fuels is that of transferring results achieved in the laboratory to the industrial sphere. CATPRO is proficient at enabling nearly all research and development activities necessary to overcome this barrier that is necessary for the development of heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic processes. CATPRO provides know-how and services that include catalytic synthesis, intensification of catalyst preparation, catalyst development, testing and development, pilot scale catalytic testing and analysis, and identification of complex mixtures of reaction products. CATPRO is unique in its concentration of research facilities for testing, synthesis and analytical characterization of catalysts, while testing devices are operated under realistic conditions and in continuous operation. CATPRO is also an open platform that enables intensive contact with the research community and industry and provides conditions for Ph.D. and master students to implement their research projects on top-of-the-line research infrastructure. Through its host institution UniCRE, CATPRO is involved in international projects in which it collaborates with European institutions such as VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd), INERATEC (Innovative Chemical Reactor Technologies), GKN (Sinter Metals Filters GmbH Radevormwald), DLR (German Aerospace Centre), AF (ÅF-CONSULT Ltd), UNOTT (University of Nottingham), LNEG (Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia) and CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas). In addition, UniCRE is a member of EUBIA (European Biomass Industry Association), RILEM (Réunion Internationale des Laboratoires et Experts des Matériaux, systèmes de construction et ouvrages) and DGMK (Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle).