AN INNOVATIVE STRUCTURE
Our approach is based on the continuous search for new ideas, upgrading and innovative exploitation paths of our proprietary technologies. The translation of market expectations into combination of technology solutions that are more effective in terms of performance, cost and environmental sustainability is our commitment.
The Core Research & Development structure is aimed at the identification and execution of innovative R&D programs in the framework of specific strategic technological platforms that meet vertical market opportunities, thus enabling the development of distinctive and proprietary processes, equipment and catalysts in the field of green chemistry.
European projects we take part in
We leverage an integrated approach of internal scouting, and collaboration with industrial partners, and the most advanced and prestigious European Universities and Research Centers.
PROMETEO is a Horizon 2020 funded project that produces hydrogen through high-temperature electrolysis. NextChem, through the partnership, is responsible for system integration and pilot unit construction.
INITIATE is a Horizon 2020 funded project that reduces waste, GHG emissions from industrial processes, and energy and raw material intensity. As a result, it also increases energy efficiency.
HIFLEX is a Horizon 2020 project led by NextChem and KT-Kinetics Technology. It aims to show a flexible CSP using solid ceramic particles for heat transfer and storage of up to 1000°C. The project will construct the first pre-commercial plant at a Barilla facility.
MEWLIFE is an EU-funded
project developed by six partners and led by NextChem. It demonstrates an innovative approach to produce microalgal biomass with environmental benefits and economic feasibility by using an integrated phototrophic-heterotrophic cultivation system.
DEMETO is a Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to use microwaves to enable industrial-scale depolymerization of PET in alkaline hydrolysis. NextChem is designing a unit to process 1.5 ton/day of PET flakes, producing high-purity monomers for "virgin" PET production.
DECADE is an EU-funded project using a new PEC approach to convert CO2 without water oxidation in order to maximize energy utilization. NextChem is involved in the development of a feasibility model to assess its economic viability.
BIZEOLCAT is a Horizon 2020 project with 14 partners focused on obtaining light olefins and aromatics from C1, C3 and C4 hydrocarbons. The goal is to use light alkanes as raw material for specialty chemicals, not fuel in oil refining.
PEGASUS is an EU-funded project under Horizon 2020. It aims to research a new power cycle for renewable electricity by using a solar centrifugal particle receiver and a sulphur storage system for baseload operation.
INCITE promotes European green chemistry competitiveness by showing cost-effective and safe chemo-enzymatic processes at an industrial scale. BIO-P serves as the engineering arm of the project from inception to plant construction.
STREAM is funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development as part of the "Imprese e Competitività" 2014-2020 program. Developed by NextChem, Quality Engineering and University of L’Aquila, it aims to recover demineralized water for re-use in the production process, resulting in minimal energy waste.
The RECENT project is co-financed by the Lazio region and falls under the European Program KETs. It aims to develop systems for storing surplus energy and reducing CO2 emissions from combustion and biogas plants.
The BOF2UREA project, funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, aims to help reduce the carbon footprint from integrated steel plants by using a valorization method for the residual gases.
PyroCO2's objective is to show how to convert industrial CO2 and renewable electricity into climate-positive acetone, proving the scalability and economic feasibility of carbon capture and utilization (CCU). This project will encourage the emergence of CCU Hubs in Europe.
(Membranes And Catalysts Beyond Economic and Technological Hurdles) is Horizon 2020 funded project. It aims to demonstrate membrane catalytic reactor technology at an industrial level. Sustainability is the key driver of the project, as the new technology aims to significantly reduce GHG emissions by more than 20%, with a simultaneous 20% increase in energy efficiency.
EPOCH is a European research project funded within the Horizon EIC Pathfinder Challenges. The project proposes a novel approach in linking green hydrogen production with the direct loading of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC) through an electrochemical cell, together with exploitation of lignin derivatives for production of added-value chemicals. NextChem is involved in the Techno-Economic Assessment and in the Exploitation of the technology.
ēQATOR is a European research project funded under the Horizon Europe program. It aims to validate in an industrially relevant environment new electrically heated catalytic reactors for the conversion of biogas into high value-added products (methanol, hydrogen, bio-fuels), with greater efficiency than current technologies. NextChem is involved in the process development, reactors design and techno-economic assessment of the technology.
GREEN CIRCULAR DISTRICT
We came up with a solution that combines our technologies to transform traditional plants into green ones and offer low-carbon products that are essential for industry and mobility.