Microfluidic System for CO2 Reduction to Hydrocarbons Email Page
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Performer:  Faraday Technology, Inc. Location:  Englewood, Ohio
Project Duration:  02/22/2016 – 04/09/2019 Award Number:  SC0015173
Technology Area:  Carbon Use and Reuse Total Award Value:  $1,150,000
Key Technology:  Chemical Conversion DOE Share:  $1,150,000
Performer Share:  $0

Electrolysis experiment of tin (Sn)-plated GDE  in a three-compartment cell
Electrolysis experiment of tin (Sn)-plated GDE in a three-compartment cell

Project Description

Faraday Technology, Inc., in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is developing a novel electrochemical process that incorporates their previously developed gas diffusion electrode (GDE) technology and utilizes carbon dioxide (CO2), captured from coal-fired power plant flue gas, to produce formic acid, a valuable chemical. In Phase I, tin GDE electrocatalysts were prepared by pulsed electrodeposition methods using Faraday Technology, Inc.’s low-cost technique, FARADAYIC® ElectroDeposition. Testing of the electrocatalytic performance showed that the best catalysts supported total current densities above 320 mA/cm2, more than 50 percent greater than the highest values reported in the literature, and at formate selectivities competitive with those literature results (greater than or equal to 75 percent). In Phase II, tin electrocatalysts will be fabricated with novel microstructures enabled by pulsed-waveform electrodeposition. The electrocatalysts will be characterized and integrated into state-of-the-art flow electroreactors to test the electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 to formic acid. Techno-economic and scale-up/commercialization analyses will also be performed.

Project Benefits

The innovative electrocatalytic process will utilize CO2 captured from coal-fired power plants and provide an energy-efficient path for the production of a valuable chemical.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager Ted McMahon: ted.mcmahon@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Lynn Brickett: lynn.brickett@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Brian Skinn: brianskinn@faradaytechnology.com