Bench Scale Systems

Our bench scale systems are designed to be the next logical high throughput step following catalyst screening and testing. Each system allows the scale-up of processes to incorporate higher catalyst volumes and can also carry out full extrudate testing. This aims to facilitate catalyst and process development and optimization, and the systems can be used for kinetic modeling. The large-scale systems effectively bridge the gap between catalyst screening and pilot plant testing, reducing time and costs, minimizing risks, and providing greater flexibility.

Each unit is custom-built based on hte’s technology innovations, which have been validated through years of application under real-world conditions in our own laboratories. Each individual reactor system is designed to handle catalyst volumes of up to 300 ml and is robust and reliable in long-term 24/7 operation. Our systems have been proven in runs of over six months’ duration and are all accompanied by optimal software solutions.

Our bench scale units base on a flexible module combination of feed sections, reactor sections, and analytic sections depending on the customer requirements. They also allow a recycling of gas and liquid products.

The systems are available for gas-phase applications, gas-to-liquid, and trickle-bed applications.

Get more information on the bench scale system designed for trickle-bed applications by clicking on the box on the right side.   

For technical specifications please contact us.


We are highly committed to ensuring that our clients gain full value from the technology solutions provided. A detailed training program is essential in achieving this. That’s why the training offered by hte is designed as a comprehensive technology transfer program rather than just a user course.

The training periods cover issues of:

  • Operation (incl. reactor handling and loading)
  • Process control
  • Reporting
  • Maintenance

Training also allows for a thorough induction into the methodology and best practices of High Throughput Experimentation. Full and extensive training for independent operation can be provided both at our state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg as well as at the customer’s site.

Technical overview

The systems cover
Temperatures ranging from 0 - 1,100 °C
Pressures ranging from 0.3 - 300 barg
Catalyst volumes from 25 - 300 ml
Degree of parallelization from 1- to 8-fold
Shaped materials and full extrudates 
Demanding feeds: liquefied gases (e.g. LPG), vacuum or atmospheric residue, and many more  
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