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Reference Number EP/N009533/1
Title Utilisation of Solar Energy and Electrocatalytic Processes for the Low Energy Conversion of CO2 to Fuels and Chemicals
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen production) 25%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(CO2 Capture and Storage, CO2 capture/separation) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor R Catlow
No email address given
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2016
End Date 29 February 2020
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £1,296,214
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R Catlow , Chemistry, University College London (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Dr A Roldan , Chemistry, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr NH De Leeuw , Chemistry, University College London (0.001%)
Professor C Hardacre , Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr J G P Jacquemin , Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Dr J Tang , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
Dr P Lettieri , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
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Abstract One of the major current scientific and technological challenges concerns the conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and useful products in effective and economically viable manner. This proposal responds to the major challenge of developing low energy routes to convert carbon dioxide to fuels and useful chemicals. The project has the following four main strands:(i) The use of electricity generated by renewable technologies to reduce CO2 electrocatalytically, where we will develop new approaches involving the use of ionic liquid solvents to activate the CO2(ii) The use of hydrogen in the catalytic reduction of CO2, where we will apply computational procedures to predict new materials for this key catalytic process and subsequently test them experimentally(iii) The development of new materials for use in the efficient solar generation of hydrogen which will provide the reductant for the catalytic CO2 reduction(iv) A detailed life cycle analysis which will assess the extent to which the new technology achieves the overall objective of developing low carbon fuels.Our approach aims, therefore, to exploit renewably generated energy directly via the electrocatalytic route or indirectly via the solar generated hydrogen in CO2 utilisation for the formation of fuels and/or chemicals. The different components of the approach will be fully integrated to achieve coherent, new low energy technologies for this key process, while the rigorous life-cycle analysis will ensure that it satisfies the need for a low energy technology.
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