Department Gasification Technology

Head: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kolb

High pressure entraind flow gasification is one of the key technologies to close the anthropogenic carbon cycle.

The research activities of the Department Gasification Technology focus on the converison of biogenic and anthropogenic feedstock applying the thermo-chemical process of gasification. The sub processes atomization, flame stabilization, fuel conversion, slagging and heat release are investigated applying R&D facilities from lab to pilot-scale. The experimental data are the basis for physical models of the sub processes, which are implemented into a numerical simulation tool. This can be used for optimization of reactor design and of the process conditions and is the basis for scale-up and thus technology transfer to industrial application. Research is carried out in close cooperation with the working group Thermochemical Fuel Conversion at Engler-Bunte-Institute, Fuel Technology (EBI-ceb).

The work is funded by the Helmholtz program MTET (Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition) in the Subtopic Anthropogenic Carbon Cycle, Topic 5 (Ressource and Energy Efficiency).


Working Groups:


  • Basics of entrained flow gasification of liquid and suspension
  • Characterization of the physical and anthropogenic feedstock
  • Modelling of the fuel conversion of the solid and liquid phase
  • Experimental data for validation of models and simulation tools

    Contact: Dr.-Ing. Sabine Fleck
    Phone: +49 721 608 - 28945
    E-Mail: sabine.fleck∂


Liquid Fuels / Atomization

  • Rheological characterization of fuels
  • Atomization of high-viscous liquids and suspensions applying gas-assisted nozzles
  • Experimental investigation of the influence of system pressure on spray quality
  • Development, optimization and scale-up of gas-assisted nozzles for entrained flow gasification
  • Experimental data for validation of numerical simulation tools (EBI-VBT)

    Contact: Dr.-Ing. Tobias Jakobs
    Phone: +49 721 608 - 26763
    E-Mail: tobias.jakobs∂


Modelling / Balancing

  •  Modelling of combustion and gasification processes
  • Process evaluation of combustion and gasification processes
  • Balancing of gasifiers
  • Process simulation

    Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Ulrike Santo
    Phone: +49 721 608 - 25464

    E-Mail: ulrike.santo∂


bioliq®-II - R&D coordination

  • Scientific support and coordination of R&D work at the 5 MW Entrained Flow Gasifier for the
    bioliq®- pilot plant, producing fuel from biomass based residues
  • Production of syngas from liquids and suspensions (biosyncrude) under high pressure (80 bar)

    Contact: Dipl.-Ing. Mark Eberhard
    Phone: +49 721 608 - 22979

    E-Mail: mark.eberhard∂


 Thermochemical Fuel Conversion

  • Basics of pyrolysis and gasification of solid and liquid fuels
  • Modelling the sub-processes during conversion of the solid and liquid fuel phases
  • Determination of the reaction kinetics for the gasification of the solid fuel phase under high

    Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kolb
    Phone: +49 721 608 - 24283
    E-Mail: thomas.kolb∂




HVIGasTech - Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Gasification Technology

  • Scientific collaboration focusing on the gasification of biogenic and anthropogenic feedstock
  • Network of Young Scientists - Excellent scientific network focussing on scientific and multidisciplinary exchange of young scientists

    Contact: Manuel Haas, M.Sc.

IEA-Task 33 Biomass gasification

              Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Kolb

ProcessNet (VDI / GVC / DECHEMA)

Section Sustainable Production, Energy and Resources (SuPER)




Helmholtz program oriented funding: Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition (MTET), Topic 5, Subtopic Anthropogenic Carbon Cycle

SprayCalc - Calculation tool for characterization of the thermodynamic and reaction behavior of sprays for process lay-out

KI-Tool - Artificial intelligence tool for predictive process optimization and control for medium sized plants