News from the IOB

The IOB at the ‘Butterfly’ Kick-off Meeting

On Octo­ber 12 and 13, 2023 the kick-off mee­ting of the But­ter­fly pro­ject took place in Pet­ten aan Zee in the Net­her­lands. The­re, 10 pro­ject part­ners from seven Euro­pean count­ries met and pre­sen­ted them­sel­ves and their tasks within the EU pro­ject. The IOB was repre­sen­ted by Nico Schmitz and Moritz Diewald.

The But­ter­fly pro­ject is fun­ded by the Euro­pean Union’s Hori­zon Euro­pe Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on Pro­gram­me under the auspi­ces of the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on. The acro­nym “But­ter­fly” stands for the pro­ject title “Bio­mass Uti­li­zed To The Exten­ded port­fo­lio of Rene­wa­ble Fuels with Lar­ge Yields”. The aim of the pro­ject is the uti­liza­ti­on of orga­nic resi­du­al raw mate­ri­als for the pro­duc­tion of fuels. In par­ti­cu­lar, the pro­duc­tion of syn­the­tic natu­ral gas (SNG) and rene­wa­ble dime­thyl ether (rDME) will be inves­ti­ga­ted. The­se gases are also being inves­ti­ga­ted with regard to their use in sec­tors that are dif­fi­cult to decar­bo­ni­ze, such as the trans­port sec­tor or indus­tri­al sector.

The IOB’s task is to eva­lua­te the indus­tri­al appli­ca­bi­li­ty of DME, par­ti­cu­lar­ly with regard to the steel indus­try. In the cour­se of the pro­ject, the IOB will inves­ti­ga­te and eva­lua­te the usa­bi­li­ty of DME in the steel indus­try in coope­ra­ti­on with the CELSA Group. For this pur­po­se, two test rigs are plan­ned at the IOB’s tech­ni­cal cen­ter. For one test rig an exis­ting com­bus­ti­on cham­ber will be con­ver­ted so that it can be fuel­led by DME and for the other rig a test stand for endo­gas gene­ra­ti­on will be new­ly con­s­truc­ted. In addi­ti­on to the rig tests, sin­gle bur­ner simu­la­ti­ons will also be car­ri­ed out. The­se will be vali­da­ted with the help of the com­bus­ti­on cham­ber tests. For this pur­po­se, mea­su­re­ment tech­no­lo­gies, ran­ging from tem­pe­ra­tu­re, pres­su­re and exhaust gas mea­su­re­ment to fla­me dia­gno­stics, are instal­led at the test rig. The­se vali­da­ted sin­gle bur­ner simu­la­ti­ons will then allow a vali­da­ted simu­la­ti­on of an enti­re rehea­ting furnace.

The kick-off mee­ting in Pet­ten aan Zee
At the begin­ning of the event, a wel­co­me was given by the pro­ject coor­di­na­tor TNO, the Net­her­lands Orga­niza­ti­on for Appli­ed Sci­en­ti­fic Rese­arch, and the pro­ject offi­cers of CINEA. After the group pho­to at the beach, the pro­ject part­ners intro­du­ced them­sel­ves. This was fol­lo­wed by an intro­duc­tion to the indi­vi­du­al work packa­ges by the respon­si­ble work packa­ge lea­ders, only inter­rupt­ed by a deli­cious lunch at the beach bar. After the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the work packa­ges, the par­ti­ci­pan­ts were gui­ded through the labo­ra­to­ry faci­li­ties of TNO, which are loca­ted not far from the North Sea beach. In the evening the con­sor­ti­um met in Alk­maar for a nice din­ner and fur­ther exchange.

On Fri­day, the last work packa­ge was pre­sen­ted and orga­niza­tio­nal and finan­cial ques­ti­ons were ans­we­red. Sub­se­quent­ly, the first Gene­ral Assem­bly mee­ting was held. Here, among other things, the new­ly built demons­tra­tor of the pro­ject part­ner Tor­wa­sh south of Nij­me­gen was deter­mi­ned as the tar­get of the upco­ming pro­ject mee­ting. We thank TNO for the orga­niza­ti­on and look for­ward to a suc­cessful coope­ra­ti­on with our Euro­pean part­ners.  

The con­sor­ti­um con­sists of the fol­lo­wing 10 part­ners from seven EU countries:



Fun­ded by the Euro­pean Uni­on. Views and opi­ni­ons expres­sed are tho­se of the author(s) only and do not neces­s­a­ri­ly reflect tho­se of the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on. Neither the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on nor the gran­ting aut­ho­ri­ty can be held respon­si­ble for them. This pro­ject has recei­ved fun­ding from the Euro­pean Union’s Hori­zon Euro­pe Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on Pro­gram­me under Grant Agree­ment No. 101118241.