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Network of Chemical Energy Storage research facilities and equipment




Chemical energy storage


Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR)

Contact person 1:

Antonio Vita


The infrastructure will not be available for StoRIES from march 2022 to march 2023.

TRL Level:

1-3, 4-6

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Bench-scale test rings with an integrated cooling system: Dedicated to the conversion of CO2 to methane and ammonia synthesis for the identification of the catalytic properties of structured and pellets catalysts. The plant is equipped with fixed-bed reactors (single or multi-tubular) for tests at high (500-600°C) and low (250-400°C) temperature. The test facility is provided with: mass flow controllers, pumps, valves, pressure regulators, IR analyse and thermocouples for axial and radial temperature profiles controlled from a PC via suitable software. Mass Flow range: 1– 10 Nm3/h.

  • Lab-scale test rigs: Dedicated to CO2 conversion processes and ammonia synthesis for the identification of the catalytic properties of the powder and structured catalysts. Fixed-bed reactor (Øint=0.6-2cm) that can operate at a temperature of up to 900°C, max pressure 4 bar, max feed rate ≈1000 cm3/min.. The plants are equipped with HPLC micro-pumps for liquid dosing and GC and/or online mass spectrometers.

  • Chemical physical and morphological characterizations of materials state of the art equipment for catalysts and electrocatalysts characterization. The equipment list includes but not limited to: XRD, SEM, TEM, IR, UV-VIS spectrophotometry, BET, CHNSO.

  • Fully equipped laboratory for the preparation of catalysts powders and catalyst-coated ceramic and metallic monolith, foams or 3D printed structures, including equipment for rheological studies.

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