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Synthesis of methanol from captured carbon dioxide using surplus electricity

Obiettivo

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.

Campo scientifico

  • /scienze naturali/scienze chimiche/chimica inorganica/composti inorganici
  • /ingegneria e tecnologia/ingegneria ambientale/energia e carburanti

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H2020-SPIRE-2014
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Meccanismo di finanziamento

IA - Innovation action

Coordinatore

I-DEALS INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY VENTURING SERVICES SL
Indirizzo
Av. Manoteras 52
28050 Madrid
Spagna
Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contributo UE
€ 1 042 332,70

Partecipanti (8)

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