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Reference Number EP/D023246/1
Title A Feasibility Study into the Formic Acid Economy
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Hydrogen, Hydrogen production) 80%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Stationary applications) 5%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 5%;
HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells, Other applications) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 80%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C Rayner
No email address given
Sch of Chemistry
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 17 October 2005
End Date 16 December 2006
Duration 14 months
Total Grant Value £72,296
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy; Environment
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Cross-Discipline Interface, Physical Sciences, Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C Rayner , Sch of Chemistry, University of Leeds (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Dr BG Davis , Oxford Chemistry, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor SCE Tsang , Oxford Chemistry, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Professor MG Davidson , Chemistry, University of Bath (0.001%)
Professor PJ (Peter ) Hall , Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Huntsman ICI Chemicals (0.000%)
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Abstract It is essential to develop new, cheap, reliable and efficient power systems that do not contribute to global warming. There is a lot of interest in hydrogen because it can be produced cleanly from a large range of sources (biological, solar, wind etc). Unfortunately, it is difficult to store hydrogen and this limits its application. The proposal here is to combine hydrogen with CO2 from the atmosphere to produce an intermediate chemical called formic acid. Formic acid can be used as a fuelfor fuel cells, which are essentially batteries that can be operated continuously, if they are provided with fuel. They are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engines, silent and non-polluting. Formic acid has not been tested extensively as a fuel but is very promising because it may be possible to increase fuel cell efficiency as well as reducing their cost
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