We are managing a portfolio of several technological initiatives among the three macro areas of our roadmap towards energy transition, in the field of green chemistry, circular economy, biofuels, capturing and recovery of CO2, in addition to constant research activities on international projects.
Discover the technologies of our roadmap towards energy transition.
Low carbon hydrogen
Hydrogen is establishing itself as a key element for the energy transition. Hydrogen, in fact, is at the center of the challenges related to global warming. Its characteristics make hydrogen a fundamental energy carrier, as it is usable as a fuel and as a feedstock in many industrial processes, it is storable and transportable over long distances.
Greening The Brown
KT-Kinetics Technology S.p.A., a Company of Maire Tecnimont Group, in more than 10 years of R&D activity, has developed a proprietary catalyst and plant architecture for the conversion of H2S to Hydrogen and Sulphur by means of the SOAPTM process (Selective Oxidative Autothermal Process), which represents an innovative and more efficient way for recovering Sulphur. It is based on a partial oxidative reaction that shows better performances compared to current market solutions
Since 2011 our sister Company Tecnimont, has started R&D activities to develop a new gas purification technology to valorize Natural Gas fields with high content of CO2 and H2S, and unlocking additional valuable gas resources for the market.
Renewable Energy to Fuels and Chemicals
The initiative under development will allow us to produce syngas and liquid products (methane, methanol, etc.) utilizing Green Hydrogen, bio-genic CO2 and/or CO2 feedstock from industrial plants.
With a global scenario which is boosting with unprecedent strength towards higher goals for plastics waste recycling and towards the discovery of new, consolidated and industrial markets for the recycled polymers,We patented a new technology which allows to revert the common and usual waste-to-market approach into a “market-to-waste” approach.
Waste to Chemical
The energy transition towards more sustainable production systems has to go through innovative technology aiming at GHG emission reduction and at a better exploitation of resources. On this regard municipal solid waste (MSW), refuse derived fuel (RDF) as well as non-recyclable plastic waste (PW), may be considered a sort of novel and sustainable hydrocarbon allowing to build a new chemistry.
The Circular District Model
NextChem, Maire Tecnimont Group’s company for energy transition, has developed a model of “Circular District” which integrates technologies for decarbonization and recycling, reducing incineration and landfilling.
We are working on the valorization of Ethanol, today a main raw material for the production of a "second generation" (2G) technology for production of Ethanol and/or other chemicals starting from lignocellulosic biomass.
Biodiesel produced as Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) derived by transesterification of fats with methanol is a consolidated technology widely adopted around the world to process Vegetable oils as Soyabean, rapeseed or palm to produce 1st generation Biofuels.
HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil)
Renewable Diesel originated from vegetable oils is one of the areas of interest and work of NextChem.
Bio-OleoChemicals: Oleic Acid for Bio-Lubricants
We have in place a partnership together with So.G.I.S., for the supply of engineering and procurement services for the construction of a production unit in the Municipality of Sospiro (Cremona, Italy), for the production of oleic acid from residual fats through a process of wet fractionation of fatty acids.
The gradual replacement of fossil plastic with bio-plastics in some markets is already ongoing, driven by legislation and market requests.