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Performer:  Faraday Technology Inc. Location:  Englewood, Ohio
Project Duration:  06/13/2016 – 03/12/2017 Award Number:  SC0015812
Technology Area:  Carbon Use and Reuse Total Award Value:  $150,000
Key Technology:  Chemical Conversion DOE Share:  $150,000
Performer Share:  $0

Copper electrocatalyst fabrication system
Copper electrocatalyst fabrication system

Project Description

In this Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project, Faraday Technology, Inc. (Faraday) has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to further the development of a novel microstructured copper electrocatalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to C2-C3 hydrocarbons using low-voltage power derived from waste heat or other sources. Building on prior results showing enhanced selectivity for hydrocarbons, primarily ethylene, the effects of various parameters in the electrocatalyst fabrication process on the catalytic performance of the resulting copper films will be investigated. The capability of wet ionic liquid electrolytes to enhance the hydrocarbon selectivity and reduce the required overpotential of the electrocatalytic conversion system will also be investigated. A preliminary techno-economic analysis will be conducted to evaluate the market feasibility.

Project Benefits

The key benefits of the technology reside in mitigation of carbon emissions by providing a valuable conversion route for CO2 captured from power generation facilities. The electrocatalytic technology is intrinsically well suited for exploiting low-grade power sources, as their operating voltages are typically small, on the order of a few volts. Successful development of an efficient technology for CO2 conversion using marginal energy sources has the potential to significantly alter the economics of carbon capture-enabled power generation.

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Contact Information

Federal Project Manager José Figueroa: jose.figueroa@netl.doe.gov
Technology Manager Lynn Brickett: lynn.brickett@netl.doe.gov
Principal Investigator Brian Skinn: brianskinn@faradaytechnology.com