To be able to manufacture chemicals more efficient the number of separation steps in downstream processing has to be decreased. This can be realized by integrating and intensifying separation processes so that energy consumption and costs will decrease and quality improves. TNO therefore focuses chiefly on separation processes which have a high selectivity and low energy consumption.
TNO applies innovative technologies in converting 'classical chemistry' to 'new chemistry'. We have a track record in the following technologies:
In our development programs, TNO works on new generation separation technologies which use external forces such as centrifugal forces, electric fields and microwave radiation. The implementation of a reaction or separation in a centrifuge can, for example, lead to much compacter equipment. In the development of more sustainable energy supplies, the proportion of electricity generated by the sun and wind will increase. TNO is working on reactions and separations which use sustainable electricity as their driving force instead of heat from fossil fuels. One example is a crystallization process in which acids or bases are made in an electrochemical cell. In the future, plants which run mainly on electricity could, for example, be built next to a wind park.