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Research & Development Projects Read about research projects we’re currently working on that push the boundaries of microwave technology and make the industry more sustainable.

add remove 1. Sustainable insect chain “SUSINCHAIN”

Simplifying and optimizing the process of turning insects into high-quality feed

(01/10/2019 – 30/09/2023)

As part of the SUStainable INsect CHAIN (SUSINCHAIN), we aim to make it easier to use insects as a new and more sustainable source of protein in the feed industry.

The traditional way of drying insects includes (1) using hot air that can char the insects, or (2) freeze-drying which requires high amounts of energy. Both of these methods can adversely affect the nutritional value of the insects.

In the SUSINCHAIN project, MEAM is responsible for optimizing microwave drying of three insect species using three different industrial microwave dryers, by investigating the ideal processing conditions for each dryer and each species.

add remove 2. Electrically heated catalytic reforming reactors “ēQATOR”

Using microwave technology to optimize the conversion of biogas into syngas

01/06/2022 – 30/11/2025

In this project, we use microwave technology to create electrically heated catalytic reactor technologies that convert biogas into syngas in a more efficient, sustainable and compact way.

Compared to large-volume reactors with fired burners, ēQATOR’s reactors achieve:

• A size reduction of up to 90% of the total reactor unit
• Up to 50-75% reduction in catalyst volume

Implementing ēQATOR technology will:

• Decrease life cycle CO₂ emissions for syngas production by 60 to 80%
• Save from 7 Mt CO₂ a year in 2030 up to around 45 Mt CO₂ a year in 2045

Because of its focus on renewable energy sources, fast response time, and potential to heat catalyst materials to 700°C and higher, microwave technology has a small environmental footprint and a sustainable life cycle assessment. Here, MEAM shows the way to upscaling.

add remove 3. Antenna development 'PAMiCo'

Phased-Array-Antenna for Microwave based Weed Control

(01/03/2022 – 31/08/2024)

The general objective this research and development collaboration is of an integrated microwaving bundle steering module based on 5.8 GHz generators with high power density and a phase shift antenna array. Bundle steering is used in areas where extreme high concentrations of microwave energy has to be focused.

In this project we will realize new speed, accuracy and stability of the device, specifically related to the high power resistor working and a new electronics design with the temperature management and the controls.

The newly researched and developed device will be validated in the MOMIC weed management device.
However, many more applications in the microwaving technologies exist, e.g. specific food heating, more homogenous distribution of the field and 3D printing.

Interested in collaborating with MEAM to explore the possibilities of microwave technology?

We are always looking for new, challenging projects with partners ranging from universities to R&D departments.

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