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CO2 utilisation focused on market relevant dimethyl ether production, via 3D printed reactor- and solid oxide cell based technologies

Objective

The CO2Fokus project aims to realise the full potential of a number of concrete strategies to exploit the direct use of CO2 for the production of dimethyl ether (DME) by CO2 hydrogenation. With CO2 utilisation at its heart, CO2Fokus will seek to exploit the inherent advantages of both chemical and electrochemical systems to establish robust, industrially optimal proofs-of-concept, reaching TRL 6 by the end of the project. The project will explore energy-efficient processes for two separate, potentially integrated systems, namely a 3D printed multichannel reactor and a solid oxide fuel cell (for co-electrolysis and electrolysis/reverse operation). Both systems will be evaluated for operational flexibility in an industrial environment with a CO2 emission point source. H2, as a renewable energy source, will be supplied via the solid oxide cell operating in electrolysis mode,
The central focus will be on producing tangible improvements to the industrial processes in terms of energy efficiency and cost saving, by optimising the most promising conventional catalyst systems as well as innovative carbon-based ones. To this end, the catalyst will be printed and assembled as multi-channel arrays into modular, mobile prototype demonstration units. To enhance the effectiveness of the partners’ innovation efforts and reach ambitious commercial goals, CO2Fokus draws on expertise from partners across the industrial value chain, from industrial CO2 emitters, experts in catalyst manufacturing, petrochemical process engineering, chemistry and fuel cell specialists, offering a wealth of inter-disciplinary and market-oriented experience.
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VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

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Boeretang 200
2400 Mol

Belgium

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 525 625

Participants (11)

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 378 250

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 406 187,50

HYBRID CATALYSIS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 346 000

ETAIRIA METAFORAS IPSILIS TECHNOGNOSIAS KAI EREVNAS NOTIOANATOLIKIS EVROPIS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 302 500

FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 382 812,50

ECODESIGN COMPANY ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 282 000

LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 000

LGI CONSULTING

France

EU Contribution

€ 285 250

SOLIDPOWER SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 248 075

I.C.I CALDAIE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 291 250

PETKIM PETROKIMYA HOLDING ANONIM SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 296 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 838061

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 994 950

  • EU contribution

    € 3 994 950

Coordinated by:

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium