16 May 2017

NEW EKATO Hydrogenation Test Center

located at our headquarters in Schopfheim, Germany

EKATO has recently opened a new hydrogenation pilot plant; the EKATO Hydrogenation Test Center is located at our headquarters in Schopfheim, Germany. The Research Center was established within a year with an investment expenditure of €2 million.


The centrepiece of the EKATO Hydrogenation Test Center is a hydrogenation reactor made of Alloy C22, which has a filling volume of 60 l. This can be operated up to 100 bar and 250°C. The flexible concept of the hydrogenation unit allows the realistic simulation of an industrial hydrogenation process in a pilot scale – from catalyst handling to the actual hydrogenation reaction to catalyst separation. Additional hydrogenation reactors with effective volumes of 3 l complement the experimental possibilities and allow scalable product and process parameters to be determined – even with small product quantities.


“The requirements of our customers have changed considerably in recent years. If we want to continue getting orders, we can only do so with a convincing overall concept”, said Werner Himmelsbach, Head of Research & Development at EKATO Rühr- und Mischtechnik GmbH, during the commissioning. “Concrete and binding statements on costs, productivity, and product quality are decisive success factors. To this end, we have to test the hydrogenation processes of our customers, which are often only examined in a laboratory scale, under realistic conditions in a pilot scale. The new EKATO ‘Hydrogenation Testing Center’ offers exactly these possibilities and is the link between sales, research & development, and engineering”.


EKATO has been active in the field of hydrogenation for more than 80 years and offers a comprehensive product and service portfolio for hydrogenation with more than 500 active references. EKATO combines testing technology, scale-up, and plant design as well as the mechanical design, detailed engineering, and the production of critical system components all in one.


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