Carbon is not just a component of life, it also makes up our contemporary world and drives innovations. Carbon is responsible for almost everything from the fuels we run our cars on, the cushy spring in our running shoes, your favourite electronics, building materials, and electric car parts. Yet, the problem we face today is that we use mainly fossil fuels as the primary carbon source, emitting CO2 and accelerating climate change. The ECO2Fuel project will change this paradigm by deriving carbon from CO2 instead of fossil fuels.
By replacing fossil carbon in fuels and chemicals with recycled carbon from CO2, we can remove emissions from thousands of essential items, set new standards for the industry, and prevent further CO2 emissions.
The electroreduction of CO2 bears several challenges, one of which is that the central reactant is in the gas phase. Due to that, when using conventional electrodes, the conversion of CO2 to valuable chemicals and fuels would proceed at a slow rate, rendering the process uneconomical.
One challenge the project presents demands the need for PTL/GDL to guarantee longevity and durability. Bekaert achieves this through optimal mechanical properties and improved resistance to corrosion.