The consortium consists of 10 partners, three of which are major research institutes (VTT, LEI and DLR), 5 large enterprises (ENS, HELEN, KE, NES and JM) and 2 SMEs (GRM, IT ).
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland (VTT)
VTT is the largest internationally networked R&D Centre for applied research in Northern Europe, harnessing high technology to develop scientific solutions for sustainable development and creating new business opportunities. In the research area of sustainable energy and chemical technologies, VTT is supporting the development of the business sector in a time of structural change towards circular economies. VTT provides customers with research, development and piloting services. VTT has experience in coordinating and participating in numerous national and EU funded projects in the field of gasification, pyrolysis and catalytic processes.
Role in FLEXCHX: VTT will hold the position of Project Coordinator and is responsible for the WP3, WP6 and WP9.
VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre
VTT Research www.vttresearch.com
UAB Enerstena, Lithuania (ENS)
Enerstena is one of the largest energy companies in the Baltic region and is well-known as a developer, manufacturer and installer of biomass combustion technologies. The company has been operating in the energy market since 2002. Enerstena is the main enterprise of Enerstena Group, which nowadays comprises six engineering, manufacturing, sales and project management companies and four representatives in foreign countries. Enerstena Group has activities covering the path from idea to the key turn – research, development, design, automation, manufacturing, sales, project management, maintenance and operation. The mission is to develop and produce effective, reliable, sustainable green thermal and power energy systems.
Role in FLEXCHX: Enerstena will lead the activities of WP2 and participate in the work of WP3, WP4, WP8 and WP9.
Visit Website: www.enerstena.eu
INERATEC, Germany (IT)
INERATEC integrates compact chemical plants in containers. Fischer-Tropsch fuels and chemical materials are produced efficiently from various gases. INERATEC offers compact chemical systems for Gas-to-Liquid, Power-to-Liquid and Power-to-Gas processes. Innovative chemical reactor technology converts gases into liquid Fischer-Tropsch (FT) fuels or valuable chemical products. With innovative manufacturing methods and intelligent design, INERATEC has developed a technology platform based on compact microstructured chemical reactors. The compact reactors enable the integration of the entire chemical plant in transportable containers. The compact reactor technology allows dynamic, safe and efficient operation of highly exothermic and endothermic chemical reactions, such as Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Significant competitive advantages arise on a decentralized scale. INERATEC’s services range from engineering, construction, commissioning and maintenance of the units.
Role in FLEXCHX: INERATEC is the leader of WP5 and participate activities of WP2, WP6, WP7 and WP9.
Visit Website: www.ineratec.de
Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft - Und Raumfahrt e.V., Germany (DLR)
DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. Research efforts of the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (DLR-TT) are focussed on efficient energy conversion and storage with low environmental impact, and on the improvement and acceleration of the use of renewable energy sources. The scientific spectrum includes electrochemical, thermochemical and thermal energy technologies covering the full range from functional materials, development and design of components to system integration. These activities are accompanied by systems analysis to evaluate the associated technological, environmental and economic potential in a larger context of future energy systems.
Role in FLEXCHX: DLR is the leader of WP8 and participates in WP2 and WP9.
Visit Website: www.dlr.de
HELEN, Finland (HELEN)
HELEN Limited operates as an energy company, owned by the City of Helsinki. The Company produces electric energy through natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy sources, as well as transmits and distributes to customers in the city of Helsinki. Energy is produced in the power and heating plants located in Helsinki. HELEN’s goal is to develop renewable energy production and customer-oriented services and to secure competitiveness of operations in a challenging market situation. The most significant strategic policy with respect to the development of Helen’s energy production structure is to produce energy in a carbon-neutral way by the year 2050. Helen aims to make progressive investments in reducing emissions and increasing renewable energy, and to make use of all the opportunities offered by new technologies.
Role in FLEXCHX: HELEN participates in WP2, WP8 and WP9.
Visit Website: www.helen.fi
Lithuanian Energy Institute, Lithuania (LEI)
Lithuanian Energy Institute is a state scientific research organization with about 300 employees. The strategic mission of LEI is to plan and carry out long-term fundamental and applied research activities, as well as experimental and development tasks, mainly through international cooperation projects devoted to energy and environmental issues that could represent a major advance for the nation, its society and its industrial and service system.
Role in FLEXCHX: LEI participates activities in WP2, WP3, WP8 and WP9.
Visit Website: www.lei.lt
Kauno Energija AB, Lithuania (KE)
The main activities of AB Kauno energija is heat and hot water supply, heat generation and distribution, maintenance of manifolds. The Company covers a major part of heat production and supply market in the cities of Kaunas and Jurbarkas and Kaunas district (Lithuania). Total installed heat generation capacity is 587 MW.
Role in FLEXCHX: KE participates in WP2, WP8 and WP9.
Visit Website: www.kaunoenergija.lt
Neste Engineering Solutions, Finland (NES)
Neste is a preferred solution provider of high-quality technology, engineering and project services for a wide range of industries in the fields of oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, biorefining, biochemicals, biopharma and industrial infrastructure. The company has 60 years of experience in technology development and industrial investment projects as well as maintenance and performance improvement in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. Neste is among the world’s leading biorefining engineering and consulting company. The company has had a key role in the design and execution of Neste biorefinery projects in Finland, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Role in FLEXCHX: NESTE will lead WP7 and participates in WP2, WP4, WP8 and WP9
Visit Website: www.neste.com
Johnson Matthey, UK (JM)
Johnson Matthey is a UK based speciality chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysis, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technology. The company employs around 13000 people worldwide located in over 30 countries; around 10% of those work in an R&D function.
Johnson Matthey's principal activities are the manufacture of autocatalysts, heavy duty diesel catalysts and pollution control systems, catalysts and components for fuel cells, catalysts and technologies for chemical processes, fine chemicals, chemical catalysts and active pharmaceutical ingredients and the marketing, refining, and fabrication of precious metals. Developing products that have a direct environmental benefit is a key part of the company’s growth strategy. The main emerging environmental opportunities are seen to be in clean air, efficient natural resources and health.
Role in FLEXCHX: JM will lead WP4 and participates in WP2, WP6, and WP9.
Visit Website: www.matthey.com
Oy Brynolf Gronmark AB, Finland (GRM)
Grönmark is a private owned SME company, established in 1914. Grönmark is a strategic partner and a solution provider connecting world-class manufacturers and Finnish industry. Grönmark engages in active product development together with appliance and material manufacturers and customers. As a traditional Finnish family business, Grönmark takes a longterm view on issues and is aware of responsibility towards the environment and society. Grönmark is representing GKN Sinter Metals GmbH from Germany. GKN has developed a new type of filter media for high temperature applications.
Role in FLEXCHX: GRM participates in WP3, WP6 and WP9
Visit Website: www.gronmark.fi