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Efficient Use of Energy Resources using Catalytic Processes (CATPRO)
Hosting Legal Entity
Unipetrol Centre for Research and Education, a.s.
Revoluční 1521/84, Unipetrol Centre for Research and Education, a.s., Ústí nad Labem, PO: 400 01, Ustecky (Czech Republic)
Revoluční 1521/84, Unipetrol Centre for Research and Education, a.s., Ústí nad Labem, PO: 400 01, Ustecky (Czech Republic)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Czech Republic
Current Status:
Operational since 1952
Being upgraded since 2015 to 2016
Scientific Description
CATPRO, a part of the UniCRE centre, is a research infrastructure that is oriented on the efficient use of carbon-energy resources using catalytic processes. The aim of CATPRO is to help to overcome the gap between the laboratory and industrial scale that represents one of the biggest challenges in the R&D of transformation of carbon-energy raw materials including the use of biomass for the production of advanced liquid fuels and chemicals.

RI Keywords
Bioenergy, carbon-energy, Gasification, Biomass, Biofuels, Catalyst
RI Category
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Pilot Plants for Process Testing
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Open Access

OPEN ACCESS to CATPRO covers all expenses connected to the standard operation of equipment and experimental units (including personal expenses for operators in 24/7 regime, commodities and defined consumables) for a selected applicant.

CATPRO technologies

The CATPRO infrastructure develops and provides technologies in four major areas: 1) CATALYST SYNTHESIS AND PREPARATION aimed at scaling up laboratory procedures from a few grams to several hundred grams up to kilograms including the optimization of raw materials, technological parameters and techniques. 2) CATALYST FORMING is focused on suitable forming techniques and optimization of binders to obtain industrial-like catalysts. The application of relevant catalyst particle forming techniques (for the subsequent long-term testing of catalytic activity) together with the synthesis scale-up is a crucial for the verification and development of any catalyst to be applied industrially. The areas (1) and (2) also include basic catalyst characterization (e.g. physical properties determination, texture characterization) to provide an immediate feedback. 3) CATALYST TESTING and process development is oriented on the investigation of the scaled-up and/or shaped catalysts and determination of their activity and selectivity in both short- and long-term tests including their deactivation. 4) IDENTIFICATION OF PRODUCTS based on modern instrumental analysis: is focused on enabling a detailed description of the reaction networks by using advanced tools, such as GC-MS, GCxGC-MS and HPLC-MS to identify all important components of any complex product or raw material mixtures, e.g. bio-oils from the pyrolysis of biomass. Detailed analysis is necessary for the determination of process/catalyst selectivity, understanding the reaction mechanism and designing the subsequent separation steps.

Date of last update: 12/08/2019
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