Carnot lab accelerates sustainable industry
Achieving the climate objectives in industry requires more research and development into industrial heat technologies. More than 80% of industrial energy consumption is related to the use of heat, which could prove beneficial on the way to a sustainable energy economy. The Carnot lab is taking up this challenge. This heat lab in Petten offers companies the unique opportunity to further develop industrial heat technology on a small and large scale together with TNO.
Industrial high-temperature conditions
The Carnot lab is a facility where TNO, in cooperation with the industry, develops concepts for sustainable industrial heat management and leads the way towards implementation. This involves technology for heat pumps and storage, concepts for residual heat conversion and direct electrical process heat (Power2Heat). The technology is being developed for relevant industrial (high-temperature) conditions. The Carnot lab facilitates the technology development by creating the right conditions at different scales, from lab scale to pilot installations, at up to 2 megawatts (MW) of thermal output. The lab contains state-of-the-art measuring equipment and software models to support the technology development.
This facility has been made possible by a subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
Knowledge, technology and application
TNO experts have in-depth knowledge of (industrial) heat pump and storage technology, application in industrial processes and geothermal energy. The knowledge institute also cooperates with other knowledge institutes and universities. In the Carnot lab, knowledge, infrastructure and technology development come together in an easily accessible manner. It is the gateway to knowledge and infrastructure for all heat conversion and storage technology related developments.
Partner for industrial sustainability
TNO has in-depth knowledge of industrial heat management and an ability to develop and test technology in the Carnot lab for a wider range of conditions than is possible in an industrial environment. This makes TNO the perfect partner for the manufacturing industry that wants to market technologies and for end users that want to make their heat management more sustainable. Together with partners, TNO researches and develops new technologies and concepts and helps to put them into practice. This will enable Dutch industry to make the transformation towards a CO2 neutral industry in 2050. Dutch industry can also lead the way in this respect and distinguish itself in the global market with innovative products.
Producing renewable DME using renewable energy and CO2
The POWERED (Production Of Wind Energy And Other Renewable Energy Based DME) project focuses on the development of Sorption Enhanced DME Synthesis (SEDMES), a technology that produces renewable and recycled carbon DME as an alternative to fossil DME and LPG.
Unique test installation for CO2 capture and conversion to green chemicals
While the world is fully engaged in electrolysis to produce hydrogen by splitting water, TNO is also using this technology to convert CO2. CO2 electrolysis is a promising electrochemical technique for converting this greenhouse gas into high-quality sustainable chemicals.
Combining offshore wind and floating solar to reduce costs of green hydrogen
The recently granted innovative research project SENSE-HUB, led by TNO, addresses the integration of various energy system modules for the Dutch North Sea. The synergies between offshore wind, offshore solar and hydrogen production at sea will be considered.
Climate goals achievable with strategic approach
Both globally and in the Netherlands, we are lagging the Paris climate targets. Meeting the climate targets is urgent, but possible. TNO advocates an integrated approach and demonstrates how we can speed up the process towards climate neutrality.
Breakthrough electrolyser development: 200 times less iridium needed
Produced via electrolysis using electricity from the sun and wind, green hydrogen has a crucial role to play in the energy transition. Iridium is a scarce material that is presently essential to electrolysers working with the commonly used Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology.