HANNOVER MESSE 2020,
20 - 24 April
SCCER Heat and Electricity Storage
With the aim to reduce the CO2 footprint, as proposed and enforced by policy makers in order to reduce the anthropogenic effects on the climate, CO2 hydrogenation towards fuel production is a way to recycle this greenhouse gas and store abundant renewable energy. For example Iceland and even regions in Germany have methanation plants in operation for this purpose. Switzerland on one hand has a vast surplus of hydroelectricity, but on the other hand Swiss companies have to pay CHF 25 for every ton of carbon dioxide they produce. This is a strong motivation to find ways of binding carbon dioxide and produce the anticipated products, e.g. formic acid, methanol and hydrocarbons. The catalytic and electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to form either syngas or hydrocarbons are highly challenging processes with respect to catalyst activity and selectivity.
This project will mainly focus on the development of advanced catalysts within the timeframe of this SCCER. The longer-term goal is to prove feasibility on a laboratory scale (for catalytic CO2 reduction) and at the level of the full electric cell in the field of co-electrolysis (for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction). Efficiencies of >30% with a selectivity of >60% for synthesis gas / hydrocarbons are targeted.
The assessment of future development scenario in terms of energy storage systems as part of the energy network (power/heat generation, distribution and consumption) ...
H2 production by electrolysis is an especially important issue since this is the first step in the conversion of electricity to synthetic fuels and realizes a closed ...
In order to bring the technology forward, three fundamental research directions will be pursued with strong synergies between them, accompanied by two applied projects.
Advanced Adiabatic Compressed Air Storage (AA-CAES): Plants based on AA-CAES use electricity during periods of excess power generation to compress air. The heat ...
Coupling the various energy sectors is a key element for the future energy system. This concept enables to shift renewable electricity into parts of the energy system, ...