At the Institute of Energy Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, research is being conducted in the field of synthetic energy carriers. A promising possibility for energy storage is the synthesis of hydrogen and carbon dioxide to methanol.
In order to deepen the know-how in the field of methanol synthesis, a demonstration plant was built. This runs partially automated and produces 120g of methanol-water mixture per hour.
In research work different operating conditions are investigated. The aim is to achieve maximum production rates with the greatest possible energy efficiency. The theoretical maximum possible efficiency of the plant is 85%.