Microfluidic System for CO2 Reduction to Hydrocarbons


Electrolysis experiment of tin (Sn)-plated GDE  in a three-compartment cell
Electrolysis experiment of tin (Sn)-plated GDE in a three-compartment cell
Faraday Technology, Inc.
Website:  Faraday Technology, Inc.
Award Number:  SC0015173
Project Duration:  02/22/2016 – 04/09/2019
Total Award Value:  $1,150,000
DOE Share:  $1,150,000
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  Carbon Use and Reuse
Key Technology:  Chemical Conversion
Location:  Englewood, Ohio

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.

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

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