The experimental research activities of SPT are located in the new (2008) Meander laboratory and in the High Pressure Lab. The high quality of the available, often dedicated, research equipment is realized by our excellent team of technicians.

SPT-Meander lab

The new Meander lab is suited for most research activities on biomass conversion, product upgrading and CO2 capture studies and offers space for small- to medium size pilot plants (up to 3´1.5´2 m). It is equipped with regular- and ‘walk-in’ fume cabinets’, an analysis lab (with e.g. GPC, GC/MS, Elemental Analysis etc.) and in combination with the mechanical workshop next-door, it is possible to go quite quickly from idea to result.

Examples of some (more permanent) research facilities in the Meander include:

Naturally, a significant fraction of the research set-ups will change over time as new research challenges often require other, dedicated, research equipment.

High Pressure Lab

The High Pressure Lab, officially opened on May 10th 1965, is already for more than 40 years a unique research-facility in the Netherlands (equipped with e.g. a high-pressure hydrogen network operating at 600 bar). The laboratory has eight concrete high pressure boxes, allowing for process research under extreme conditions, and also a few larger research halls for larger, lower pressure pilot plants.

In the High Pressure Lab the experiments at higher pressure and larger pilot plants of SPT are located. Some examples:

For more information on the research facilities, please contact dr.ir. D.W.F. Brilman or Prof.dr. S.R.A. Kersten.