Piloting a Clean New
Industrial Era

To develop our technology and broaden our partner network, we are building a pilot unit at the heart of the petrochemical industry – the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, Holland.

We’re partnering with some of the brightest minds and biggest industrial players in the world to help make our RDR and RDH technology the new global standard in the electrification of traditionally highly-polluting industrial production processes. The main equipment has already been tested in air tests and hydrocarbon testing will begin in Geleen in September 2022.

RDR – electrifying steam cracking in petrochemical production

Using electrification powered by renewable energy, our RotoDynamic Reactor (RDR) is the only technology in the world capable of eliminating 100% of the CO2 emissions created in the steam cracking process, the first and most polluting step in the production of plastic. It will be further developed and proven in action during the pilot period.

LUT Airtest Facility Lappeenranta, Finland

The main targets of the RDR pilot project are:

Optimize the cracking process inside the reactor and validate modelling results.

Test yields and conversion with different feeds, understand the effect of RDR’s process conditions on coking.

Demonstrate to olefin producers, technology providers and policy makers of the massive potential of this revolutionary new technology.

RDH – electrifying high-temperature process heating in the production of cement, steel, iron and chemicals

RotoDynamic Heater (RDH) is the only technology in the world able to reach heats up to 1700°C without burning fossil fuels. This enables it to replace fossil-fired furnaces and kilns with electric heating in industrial processes. It will be further developed and proven in action during the pilot period.

The main targets of the process heating:

  1. Validate modelling and design parameters for process heating applications.
  2. Demonstrate to industrial actors and other stakeholders of RDH applicability as a reliable source of process heat.
  3. Tests to be conducted with inert gases (air, steam and methane) and petrochemical feedstocks (naphtha, ethane, propane, butane).
  4. First air tests with the reactor to be conducted in 2021 prior to shipping the reactor to Brightlands site.
  5. Test runs at Brightlands site to be conducted for approximately 24 months starting in September 2022.

The pilot layout

The RDR & RDH pilot unit covers a number of buildings on the legendary Brightlands Campus.

The pilot layout.

Brightlands is the heart of the petrochemical industry in Europe

The Brightlands Chemelot Campus is home to a number of innovative pilots involved in olefin processing. With over 3,300 of the world’s leading experts in engineering, modelling, operations and maintenance, the Chemelot Campus is the best possible place to test and develop our RDR and RDH technology and our partner network.

Map: Ethylene plants in Europe.

Coolbrook Pilot Reactor Drivetrain

Coolbrook Pilot Reactor Drivetrain

Our RDR and RDH technology can cut over 25% of the world's industrial CO2 emissions annually


500

500 Mt estimated reduction potential in chemicals & petrochemicals industries

600

600 Mt estimated reduction potential in iron & steel industries

1000

1000 Mt estimated reduction potential in cement industries

300

300 Mt estimated reduction potential in other industries

Ready for commercial launch at scale in 2024

This game-changing technology already exists today and a large and growing number of global industrial players and governments have already expressed great interest in using it to cut CO2 emissions and meet crucial climate targets.

Our RDH and RDR technologies are currently being piloted, with commercial demonstration projects beginning in 2022. The technology can be retrofitted to existing production plants and will be ready for large-scale use in 2024.

2021 - 2023

Brightlands pilot

  • Demonstrate technology and engage customers in petrochemicals and other key industrial sectors
  • Partnering with industrial actors, EPC partners and universities for successful piloting
  • Ramp-up of organization

2022 - 2024

Commercial demonstration

  • Commercial scale units installed at customer sites:
    • RDR connected to ethylene plant
    • RDH in selected applications (e.g. steel and cement)
  • Engage technology suppliers to include RDR and RDH in their offering
  • Network of partners to secure successful commercial launch
  • Strengthen organization and validate key assumptions for commercial launch

2024 →

Commercial launch

  • Commercial deliveries to customers
  • RDR and RDH part of technology offering of key suppliers and EPC companies
  • World class organization and capabilities to deliver value for all stakeholders
  • Continued value-adding partnerships within network of globally leading actors in different sectors

“Coolbrook has set out to build a committed and comprehensive ecosystem around RDR and RDH technology to commercialize it as soon as possible. Together with our partners in industry, academia, the public sector and key decision-makers, we can roll out this revolutionary technology and achieve significant emission reductions in the most energy and CO2 intensive industrial processes, which until now have been considered impossible to electrify.”

Ilpo Kuokkanen
Executive Chairman