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CRM-free Low Temperature Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Methanol

Objective

LOTER.CO2M aims to develop advanced, low-cost electro-catalysts and membranes for the direct electrochemical reduction of CO2 to methanol by low temperature CO2-H2O co-electrolysis. The materials will be developed using sustainable, non-toxic and non-critical raw materials. They will be scaled-up, integrated into a gas phase electrochemical reactor, and the process validated for technical and economic feasibility under industrially relevant conditions. The produced methanol can be used as a chemical feedstock or for effective chemical storage of renewable energy. The demonstration of the new materials at TRL5 level, and the potential of this technology for market penetration, will be assessed by achieving a target electrochemical performance > 50 A/g at 1.5 V/cell, a CO2 conversion rate > 60%, and a selectivity > 90% towards methanol production with an enthalpy efficiency for the process > 86%. A significant increase in durability under intermittent operation in combination with renewable power sources is also targeted in the project through several stabilization strategies to achieve a degradation rate of < 1%/1000 h at stack level. The developed low-temperature CO2 conversion reactor will offer fast response (frequency > 2-5 Hz) to electrical current fluctuations typical of intermittent power sources and a wide operating range in terms of input power, i.e. from 10% to full power in less than a second. Such aspects are indicative of an excellent dynamic behaviour as necessary to operate with renewable power sources. A life cycle assessment of the CO2 electrolysis system, which will compile information at different levels from materials up to the CO2 electrolysis system including processing resources, will complete the assessment of this technology for large-scale application. Field testing of the co-electrolysis system in an industrial relevant environment will enable to evaluate the commercial competitiveness and the development of a forward exploitation plan.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2017-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 189 985

Participants (9)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
HYDROGENICS EUROPE NV

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 151 437,84
Address
Nijverheidsstraat 48C
2260 Westerlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 290 597,50
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 443 165
Address
Farringdon Street 25 5Th Floor
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RWE POWER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 499 240
Address
Rwe Platz 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NV BEKAERT SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Bekaertstraat 2
8550 Zwevegem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IRD FUEL CELLS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 352 215
Address
Emil Neckelmanns Vej 15A
5220 Fraugde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 437 812,16
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations