Catalysis is the process of increasing the rate of a chemical reaction by adding a substance known as a catalyst. Thermocatalysis works by using a temperature gradient to activate the catalyst and enhance the reaction rate. The temperature gradient can be generated by various sources, such as sunlight, electricity or heat.

Some applications of thermocatalysis include hydrogen peroxide generation, water splitting and organic synthesis.


Hydrogen lab

At BlueApp we host a research group from the University of Antwerp with a broad expertise in thermocatalytic processes and the hydrogen domain. Here, solutions related to the process intensification of the chemical sector (electrification and the use of centrifugal fields) are developed, with a particular emphasis on sustainable hydrogen production and storage. The challenges for a sustainable hydrogen production & storage sector are tackled via:

  • combination of electrification (power-to-heat)
  • process intensification (the use of centrifugal fields in fluidization)
  • and thermocatalytic processes.

The Hydrogen Lab develops biomethane and biogas conversion to hydrogen and syngas processes, as well as power dense solution for the storage of hydrogen (in hydrates, chemical carriers, and Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers). The solutions developed with The Hydrogen Lab range from lab to pre-pilot scale.

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