Electro- und Photocatalysis
The aim of the project PRODIGY is to use CO2 in light-driven (photocatalytic) processes as the starting point for the direct production of valuable substances. The aldehydes, alcohols or acids produced in this way can find their way into the chemical production chain as chemical intermediates. This approach allows to integrate carbon dioxide in chemical production in the form of a carbon circular economy instead of being emitted.
The aim of the PhasKat project is to develop design rules for the catalysts used in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide into value-added products. By making use of renewable energy valuable products are produced out of the waste carbon dioxide and fed back into the economic industrial cycle. Target products, comprising two coupled carbon atoms, such as ethylene and ethanol, have the potential to provide the chemical industry a sustainable raw material basis, and/or enable the manufacturing of fuels with an annual volume of several hundred million tons.
The project CO2SimO will develop a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC), which uses solar light to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into the energy carrier methane. Simultaneously, water is oxidized to hydrogen peroxide, an important bleaching and disinfection agent. CO2SimO is a joint cooperational project between two industry partners, two research institutes and two universities. The results of this project will help to use CO2 for solar energy storage and can contribute to climate protection.
The project “DEPECOR” is aiming for the reduction of the CO2 concentration released into the atmosphere by using renewable energy sources for the production of solar fuels. For this purpose, the project partners intend to develop an “artificial leaf” in form of a multi-absorber demonstrator, which has the potential to efficiently reduce CO2 through non-assisted, direct, sunlight-induced photoelectrocatalysis in an integrated system and to convert it into hydrocarbons as storable energy sources.