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Synthesis of methanol from captured carbon dioxide using surplus electricity

Objective

Methanol represents one of the most common and widespread platform chemicals and precursors for further synthesis, and is traditionally produced from synthesis gas, obtained by the reforming of natural gas. This methanol synthesis process operates in a stable, high-throughput manner and demands low carbon dioxide/carbon monoxide ratios in feed. The current project, nonetheless, is to encompass flexible (in operation and feed) methanol synthesis with high carbon dioxide concentration-streams as an input, the latter originating from thermal power stations using fossil fuels. The demonstrational technology may alternatively be intended for the application of existing biomass combustion and gasification system streams, operating for the production of electric/thermal energy, as opposed to chemical synthesis. The other synthesis reactant, hydrogen, is to originate from water hydrolysis using surplus energy, which would be conversely difficult to return to the grid. The three main benefits of the process would thus be as follows; the mitigation of exhaust carbon dioxide and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (1), stabilisation of electric grid by the consumption of the electric energy at its peaks (2), and the production of methanol as a versatile chemical for further conversion (3). Implications of such technology would have a strong connection to the pending exploration of alternative energy carriers and their synthesis as opposed to conventional resources of fuels and chemicals. The principal technological challenge to be overcome is anticipated to be the development of a suitable catalyst and process, which would allow for high-CO2-content feeds, relatively transient operation (save for an upstream buffering technology is developed), and economically viable operating conditions. The primary advantages of this technology are to be its flexibility, medium-scale operation (deployed “at exhaust location”), and facile integration capacities.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2014
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

I-DEALS INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY VENTURING SERVICES SL
Address
Av. Manoteras 52
28050 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 042 332,70

Participants (8)

KEMIJSKI INSTITUT
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 1 195 300
Address
Hajdrihova 19
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
MITSUBISHI POWER EUROPE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 017 625
Address
Schifferstrasse 80
47059 Duisburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 641 858,75
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CRI EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 1 751 625,40
Address
Holtasmara 1
201 Kopavogur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 493 012,50
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HYDROGENICS EUROPE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 1 545 038,25
Address
Nijverheidsstraat 48C
2260 Westerlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 585 500
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RWE POWER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Rwe Platz 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)