SINTEF PPLab - Powder processing laboratories for CCS

Facility Location
City & country
Trondheim (Norway)
Description & contacts of the access provider
Legal name of organisation
SINTEF - Stiftelsen SINTEF
Infrastructure contact - Primary contact
Tommy Mokkelbost
RICC contact - Secondary contact
Rune Bredesen
Facility Availability
Unit of access
Availability per year
100 days
Expected duration of single experiment:
2 days

Powders can be processed to suitable morphologies and sizes by different methods. Mechanical sizing by crushing and sieving into the wanted particle size fraction, freeze granulation, spray granulation, agglomeration, spray coating and spray drying are available techniques at different throughputs resulting in significant different powder morphologies and particle size fractions. Equipment for calcination and heat treatment in different atmospheres are available.

State of the art, uniqueness, & specific advantages

The major part of the infrastructure is related to powder processing and characterization of these. Several instruments have been acquired and installed in the last year. The techniques that are possible to use for tailoring different powders are spray drying, spray coating, spray granulation and agglomeration. Different equipment is installed which enables the production of different materials, and different batch sizes from gram scale to several kilograms per day. The latter is important where smaller amounts of material is available or necessary. The equipment selected is based on processes which are easy to scale up to industrial scale if necessary. The equipment for processing of powders are the following:

  • Nabertherm rotating, tilting, furnace for calcination and heat treatment in different atmospheres (air and nitrogen, but can be expanded further with other gases.
  • GLATT ProCell LabSystem for spray granulation, spray coating and agglomeration in air both batch and continuous mode (except spray coating)
  • GEA Spray dryer Mobile Minor for spray drying of materials (up to 2 kg per hour in air). An option is also to use nitrogen, but sufficient amount of nitrogen must be available.
  • ProCept spray dryer module is a more flexible spray dryer where the process can be easier followed using glass equipment. Typical throughput is 100 g / h.
  • Buchi Mini Spray Dryer B-290, smallest spray dryer resulting in lower throughput and easier operation.
  • Freeze granulation for production of spherical granulates in small scale (100 g)

The equipment is very well suited for developing materials with different morphologies by different processes which are possible to scale up. The equipment is run and monitored by skilled technicians and scientists. The choice of the right experiment/experimental conditions for a specific test can also be established through discussion with our experts.

Scientific Environment

The above mentioned powder production can be performed in a single lab. Prior to processing, it is possible to crush down materials and sieve to selected size ranges if necessary. A wide range of characterization is available on site in different laboratories.


EC DG Research - RFCS
Other EC DG Research

selected publications

T. Mokkelbost, Y. Larring, C. Schøning, O. Darell, A. Fossdal, A.I. Spjelkavik, M. Pishahang, V. Thoreton, K. Wiik ()
Oxygen Carrier Production - Fabrication of Oxygen Carrier Materials by Different Industrial Methods for Chemical Looping Combustion
International Conference on Chemical Looping 2014, Gøteborg, 2014
M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, T. Mokkelbost, A. Fossdal, K.A. Andreassen, O. Darell, B. Arstad, R. Blom, Ø. Langørgen ()
Hot attrition testing in 3 kW dual circulating fluidized bed reactor
Chemical Looping Conference 2014, Gothenburg, 2014
V. Thoréton, M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, T. Mokkelbost, K. Wiik (2015)
Production and optimisation of oxygen carrier materials for chemical looping combustion
5th national meeting on inorganic and materials chemistry
V. Thoréton, M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, T. Mokkelbost, K. Wiik (2015)
Production of CaMn0.875- xFexTi0.125O3-δ granules-Optimisation of their redox kinetics for CLC
2015 E-MRS Fall Meeting, Warsaw
V. Thoréton, M. Pishahang, Y. Larring, K. Wiik, T. Mokkelbost (2015)
Effect of iron substitution on redox kinetics of CaMn0.875-xFexTi0.125O3-δ
8th Trondheim Conference on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage, Trondheim