Micro-Electrocatalytic Upgrading of Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbons


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

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.

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

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