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Oxalic acid from CO2 using Eletrochemistry At demonstratioN scale

Objective

The OCEAN project aims to develop an integrated process for the production of high-value C2 chemicals from carbon dioxide using electrochemistry. This will be achieved by: 1) improving and optimizing a TRL5 technology that can convert carbon dioxide to formate, to TRL6. OCEAN will bring this technology just one-step away from commercialization, by demonstrating this technology at the site of an industrial electricity provider, converting 250 g of CO2 per hour at 1.5 kA/m2. The energy efficiency will be improved by coupling the cathodic reaction to the oxidation of glucose at the anode, using a novel technology to match the kinetics of the reactions at both electrodes. The obtained formate can be converted to oxalate. 2)Developing new electrochemical methodologies to further convert formate and oxalate to formic acid and oxalic acid, respectively. Novel salt-splitting will be investigated using bipolar membranes. Again, this allows for direct coupling with an electrosynthesis step at the anode and/or cathode. 3) Developing new electrochemical methodologies by converting oxalic acid to glycolic acid and other high-value C2-products, these will be benchmarked with conventional hydrogenation. 4) Integrating the TRL6 and new (TRL4-5) electrochemical technologies in an industrial process, aimed at the production of high-value C2 products and polymers thereof by developing the process steps needed to produce oxalate, C2 products and polymers. 5) Demonstrating the economic feasibility by performing a market analysis and making a business case and exploitation strategy. Overall, OCEAN aims at addressing the critical elements that are currently hindering new electrochemical processes by targeting high value products that have the corresponding production margin to introduce this technology on the market, lower the power costs by combining oxidation and reduction, and a trans-disciplinary approach that is needed for the introduction of these advanced technologies.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

European Research Institute of Catalysis A.I.S.B.L.
Address
Rond-point Schuman 14
1040 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 647 673,75

Participants (8)

GASKATEL GESELLSCHAFT FUER GASSYSTEME DURCH KATALYSE UND ELEKTROCHEMIEMIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 201 953,75
Address
Lilienthalstr. 146
34123 Kassel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GENSORIC GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 154 784,15
Address
Gerhart-hauptmann-strasse 23
18055 Rostock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 606 437,50
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 696 212,50
Address
Zekeringstraat 29
1014 BV Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 602 282,50
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
RWE GENERATION SE

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rwe Platz 3
45141 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 631 225
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RWE POWER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 745 740
Address
Rwe Platz 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)