Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

Supercritical Water Gasification of Biomass

The work group "Supercritical Water Gasification of Biomass" develops the process for the conversion of “residual biomass” under supercritical conditions. The biomass still contains a high portion of residual moisture which is necessary for the hydrothermal processes: The water content serves as a solvent as well as reaction medium for the production of hydrogen and methane, an energy rich gas.


The process is developed in the IKFT in continuous flow plants in the lab scale. The scale up takes place in the pilot plant VERENA.


A new research topic of the work group is the fermentation of synthesis gas under high pressure.