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Direct electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 into chemical energy carriers in a co-ionic membrane reactor

Objective

GHG emissions reduction policies to mitigate the alarming climate change can impact carbon-intensive industrial sectors, leading to loss of employment and competitiveness. Current multistage CCU technologies using renewable electricity to yield fuels suffer from low energy efficiency and require large CAPEX. eCOCO2 combines smart molecular catalysis and process intensification to bring out a novel efficient, flexible and scalable CCU technology. The project aims to set up a CO2 conversion process using renewable electricity and water steam to directly produce synthetic jet fuels with balanced hydrocarbon distribution (paraffin, olefins and aromatics) to meet the stringent specifications in aviation. The CO2 converter consists of a tailor-made multifunctional catalyst integrated in a co-ionic electrochemical cell that enables to in-situ realise electrolysis and water removal from hydrocarbon synthesis reaction. This intensified process can lead to breakthrough product yield and efficiency for chemical energy storage from electricity, specifically CO2 per-pass conversion > 85%, energy efficiency > 85% and net specific demand < 6 MWh/t CO2. In addition, the process is compact, modular –quickly scalable- and flexible, thus, process operation and economics can be adjusted to renewable energy fluctuations. As a result, this technology will enable to store more energy per processed CO2 molecule and therefore to reduce GHG emissions per jet fuel tone produced from electricity at a substantial higher level. eCOCO2 aims to demonstrate the technology (TRL-5) by producing > 250 g of jet fuel per day in an existing modular prototype rig that integrates 18 tubular intensified electrochemical reactors. Studies on societal perception and acceptance will be carried out across several European regions. The consortium counts on academic partners with the highest world-wide excellence and exceptional industrial partners with three major actors in the most CO2-emmiting sectors.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-NZE-CC
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 825 326,25

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 427 433,75
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COORSTEK MEMBRANE SCIENCES AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 620 765
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 679 470
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 263 750
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 551 500
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HERA HOLDING HABITAT, ECOLOGIA Y RESTAURACION AMBIENTAL S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 201 125
Address
Calle Numancia 185-6A Planta
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CEMEX RESEARCH GROUP AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 151 275
Address
Romerstrasse 13
2555 Brugg Bei Biel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARCELORMITTAL BELGIUM NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 159 515
Address
Keizerinlaan 66
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SHELL GLOBAL SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 69 818,75
Address
Lange Kleiweg 40
2288 GK Rijswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION KYUSHU UNIVERSITY
Japan
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
744 Motooka, Nishi-ku
819 0395 Fukuoka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
XIAMEN UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
South Siming Road 422
361005 Xiamen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments