The Unit of Thermal Processes and Emission Control in Waste Management and Recycling, short TEER, conducts research in the fields of thermal, physical and chemical conversion of fossil, renewable and secondary energy carriers. Special focus lies upon the reduction of harmful environmental effects. The reduction of airbourne pollutants is especially important to us. Our research projects are specifically application-oriented and cover a wide range of services from concepts and studies to fuel characterization and analysis to test campaigns in our technical centre or in an industrial environment.
Since December 2023, TEER has stood for Thermal Processes and Emission Control in Waste Management and Recycling replacing the former name Technology of Fuels. The renaming emphasises the expansion of our focus from a sustainable energy supply to thermal processes as an important building block for closing loops in the sense of a circular economy. The TEER has started its work in August of 2009. The previous institution has been the „Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet für Kokereiwesen, Brikettierung und Thermische Abfallbehandlung“.
"We at TEER see our task over the coming years in building a sustainable carbon economy. Also in future, our industry will need carbon in various applications; on the other hand, we want to reduce CO2 emissions.
In the context of a circular economy, we can make valuable contributions in this area – for example, by producing carbonisates from waste wood, as a substitute for fossil coke, or by generating hydrocarbons from waste plastic or the waste gas from waste incineration plants. Waste and recycling management needs to be closely integrated with industry to be able to establish such concepts on a large scale."
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Quicker
Divided into three working groups (thermal waste treatment, thermal biomass treatment, gas purification and testing methods), our research is based on a holistic view from a technological, ecological, economic and social perspective.
Within the scope of thermal waste treatment, we deal with the thermochemical conversion of residual materials and waste by means of sub- and super-stoichiometric processes. Application-related research concepts are used, for example, to investigate the recovery of valuable substances from waste in pyrolytic processes.
The thermal biomass treatment working group focusses on the production of biochar and the thermal treatment of sewage sludge. Phosphorus recycling from sewage sludge is of particular interest here, especially with regard to the targeted circular economy.
The minimization of emissions is an obligatory step for all thermal processes and therefore an important and integral part of our research at the Unit of Technology of Fuels. The TEER deals with both the substances that are already in focus of legal requirements and those that do not have to be reduced legally yet.