Return Photoelectrochemical conversion of CO2 to methanol. 01/03/2021 – 28/02/2025 Researcher: MSc. Michele Del Moro The increasing anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere has caused a deterioration of natural phenomena over the past few years. CO2 is the main component causing this global effect, called climate change. For tackling this effect, new …
By the combination of green, renewable energy and electrocatalysts (Cu, Sb, …) it is possible to electrochemically convert CO2 to usable chemicals and fuels, like carbon monoxide (CO), formic acid (HCOOH), etc. In which up-scaling is of paramount importance for the industry.
The objective of my PhD within ELCAT is to further develop the electrochemical reactor design for CO2 reduction towards higher technology readiness levels. More research is needed to optimize design parameters such as channel dimensions besides ensuring long term stability.
The goal of this PhD is to develop a capture and utilization process where CO2 is directly converted from the amine capture solution to valuable products, simultaneously to the amine recycling.
Renewable intermittent power sources such as solar panels and windmills pose big challenges regarding production-consumption profile matching.
One of the greatest global challenges is the minimization of greenhouse gas emissions. Finding a more eco-friendly alternative to the energy-intensive Haber-Bosch process is one way of tackling this problem.
The initiative for this project is rooted in the climate change problem today’s society faces.
One of the greatest challenges faced by our current generation is lowering the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The electrochemical CO2 reduction (ECR) provides a solution to this problem by utilizing CO2 in combination with renewable energy and convert it to valuable chemicals (here formic acid).
Increasing droughts, storms and floods are notable examples of climate change that many countries face today. To address this imminent threat various agreements by the UN have been developed to deal with the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. CO2, one of the greenhouse gases, contributes significantly to the overall climate problem.
Due to global warming and the pressing challenges of climate change, the interest in renewable energy sources has risen rapidly. However, the increasing production of these intermittent energy sources causes problems regarding the electrical net, as it is not designed to deal with alternating periods of overproduction and periods of shortage.