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Direct electrochemical conversion of CO2 into carbonaceous fuels at GHGT-16 in Lyon

The Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conference series is the principal international conference on greenhouse gas mitigation technologies, focussing on Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage.

The GHGT conference series was formed in 1997 and is held every two years in IEAGHG’s member countries, rotating between North America, Europe and Asia, and is the most important forum for technical discussions related to the field of greenhouse gas control technology.

End of October this year, 1209 participants from all over the world followed 355 oral presentations in 71 sessions about all aspects of carbon capture, storage and utilisation.

Also, more than 300 posters have been presented and used for the discussion on technology development and demonstration, techno-economic aspects and the necessary political framework to achieve the climate protection targets.

Knut Stahl from research and development at RWE Power presented results of ECO2Fuel’s predecessor project LOTER.CO2M on the synthesis of carbonaceous fuels from CO2, water and electricity, which was demonstrated this spring.

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Building a low-carbon, climate-resilient future

The European Union aims to develop solutions that will assure the carbon neutrality and climate resilience of Europe and to contribute substantially to similar achievements in neighbouring and developing countries in the second half of the century. This very ambitious goal requires a highly integrated approach through the multiple angles of society, economy, technology, industrial value chains and environment, health, land use and governance.

In ECO2Fuel, 15 international partners from the chemical, energy, hydrogen, mechanical engineering and automotive industry, and several research institutions set out to contribute to this goal by building the worldwide first CO2 conversion system to convert 742 tons of CO2 per year into economic and sustainable liquid e-fuels and chemicals. This will be achieved via a novel low temperature, single-step, and critical-raw material free electrochemical route that was developed in the European funded LOTER.CO2M project.

With this, ECO2Fuel aims to contribute to the EU goals in shaping a green future and counteract man-made climate change.

The project aims to demonstrate the potential of this technology on an industrial scale and secure Europe’s lead in the global race for the development of carbon dioxide recovery technologies. “With the international consortium of ECO2Fuel from Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Greece and the Netherlands, we will be driving the electrochemical CO2 reduction towards commercialization in the coming five years, assuring the leading position of the EU in developing green technologies for a brighter future”, says Dr. Schwan Hosseiny, Project Coordinator and Scientist at DLR.