Heterogenous catalysts for energy conversion applications
Due to the daily and seasonal differences between the availability and consumption of regenerative energy, new energy storage scenarios are under intensive R&D. Methanol is a versatile platform chemical and as an energy carrier it plays an increasingly important role in energy transition scenarios. For the synthesis of methanol from carbon dioxide and electrolytically produced hydrogen, two processes for catalyst synthesis were optimized at the BioCat branch of IGB. Various reactor systems are available for the subsequent screening of the catalysts regarding their performance.
Optimized synthesis of methanol from carbon dioxide and electrolytically produced hydrogen
The state-of-the-art coprecipitation of Cu-based catalyst precursors was tuned for continuous operation, enabling very significant energy, time and resource savings on the industrial scale synthesis (Patent pending). Another innovative method is based on dissolution of metal compounds in deep eutectic solvents, followed by carbonization (WO2016/180973A1).