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Synthesis of methanol from captured carbon dioxide using surplus electricity

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Project "MefCO2" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Av. Manoteras 52
city: Madrid
postcode: 28050
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 11˙068˙323 €
 EC max contribution 8˙622˙292 € (78%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Sustainable, resource-efficient and low-carbon technologies in energy-intensive process industries)
 Code Call H2020-SPIRE-2014
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2014
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2014-12-01   to  2019-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    CRI EHF IS (KOPAVOGUR) participant 1˙751˙625.00
3    HYDROGENICS EUROPE NV BE (WESTERLO) participant 1˙545˙038.00
4    KEMIJSKI INSTITUT SI (LJUBLJANA) participant 1˙195˙300.00
6    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) participant 641˙858.00
7    UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN DE (ESSEN) participant 585˙500.00
8    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA IT (GENOVA) participant 493˙012.00
9    RWE POWER AG DE (ESSEN) participant 350˙000.00


 Project objective

Methanol represents one of the most common and widespread platform chemicals and precursors for further synthesis, and is traditionally produced from synthesis gas, obtained by the reforming of natural gas. This methanol synthesis process operates in a stable, high-throughput manner and demands low carbon dioxide/carbon monoxide ratios in feed. The current project, nonetheless, is to encompass flexible (in operation and feed) methanol synthesis with high carbon dioxide concentration-streams as an input, the latter originating from thermal power stations using fossil fuels. The demonstrational technology may alternatively be intended for the application of existing biomass combustion and gasification system streams, operating for the production of electric/thermal energy, as opposed to chemical synthesis. The other synthesis reactant, hydrogen, is to originate from water hydrolysis using surplus energy, which would be conversely difficult to return to the grid. The three main benefits of the process would thus be as follows; the mitigation of exhaust carbon dioxide and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (1), stabilisation of electric grid by the consumption of the electric energy at its peaks (2), and the production of methanol as a versatile chemical for further conversion (3). Implications of such technology would have a strong connection to the pending exploration of alternative energy carriers and their synthesis as opposed to conventional resources of fuels and chemicals. The principal technological challenge to be overcome is anticipated to be the development of a suitable catalyst and process, which would allow for high-CO2-content feeds, relatively transient operation (save for an upstream buffering technology is developed), and economically viable operating conditions. The primary advantages of this technology are to be its flexibility, medium-scale operation (deployed “at exhaust location”), and facile integration capacities.


List of deliverables.
Operational laboratory-scale reactors Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-04-22 22:49:17
Operational laboratory-scale reaction models Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-04-22 22:49:17

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of MefCO2 deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Venkata D.B.C. Dasireddy, Neja Strah Štefančič, Matej Huš, Blaž Likozar
Effect of alkaline earth metal oxide (MO) Cu/MO/Al2O3 catalysts on methanol synthesis activity and selectivity via CO2 reduction
published pages: 103-112, ISSN: 0016-2361, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.06.046
Fuel 233 2020-04-22
2019 Daria Bellotti, Lucia Cassettari, Marco Mosca, Loredana Magistri
RSM approach for stochastic sensitivity analysis of the economic sustainability of a methanol production plant using renewable energy sources
published pages: 117947, ISSN: 0959-6526, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.117947
Journal of Cleaner Production 240 2020-04-22
2019 Daria Bellotti, Matthias Dierks, Florian Moellenbruck, Loredana Magistri, Klaus Görner, Gerd Oeljeklaus
Thermodynamic and economic analysis of a plant for the CO 2 hydrogenation for methanol production
published pages: 1013, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911301013
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-04-22
2018 Matej Huš, Drejc Kopač, Blaž Likozar
Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol: Synergistic Effect of Bifunctional Cu/Perovskite Catalysts
published pages: 105-116, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b03810
ACS Catalysis 9/1 2020-04-22
2018 Andraž Pavlišič, Rok Ceglar, Andrej Pohar, Blaž Likozar
Comparison of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and pressure drop correlations in laminar flow regime for packed bed reactors and columns
published pages: 130-139, ISSN: 0032-5910, DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2018.01.029
Powder Technology 328 2020-04-22
2019 Venkata D.B.C. Dasireddy, Blaž Likozar
The role of copper oxidation state in Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalysts in CO2 hydrogenation and methanol productivity
published pages: 452-460, ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.03.073
Renewable Energy 140 2020-04-22
2018 Venkata D.B.C. Dasireddy, Strah Štefančič Neja, Likozar Blaž
Correlation between synthesis pH, structure and Cu/MgO/Al2O3 heterogeneous catalyst activity and selectivity in CO2 hydrogenation to methanol
published pages: 189-199, ISSN: 2212-9820, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2018.09.002
Journal of CO2 Utilization 28 2020-04-22
2019 D. Bellotti, M. Rivarolo, L. Magistri
Economic feasibility of methanol synthesis as a method for CO2 reduction and energy storage
published pages: 4721-4728, ISSN: 1876-6102, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2019.01.730
Energy Procedia 158 2020-04-22
2016 Efthymia-Ioanna Koytsoumpa, Christian Bergins, Torsten Buddenberg, Song Wu, Ómar Sigurbjörnsson, K. C. Tran, Emmanouil Kakaras
The Challenge of Energy Storage in Europe: Focus on Power to Fuel
published pages: 42002, ISSN: 0195-0738, DOI: 10.1115/1.4032544
Journal of Energy Resources Technology 138/4 2020-04-22
2017 H. Bahruji, M. Bowker, W. Jones, J. Hayward, J. Ruiz Esquius, D. J. Morgan, G. J. Hutchings
PdZn catalysts for CO 2 hydrogenation to methanol using chemical vapour impregnation (CVI)
published pages: 309-324, ISSN: 1359-6640, DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00189K
Faraday Discussions 197 2020-04-22
2018 Hasliza Bahruji, Jonathan Ruiz Esquius, Michael Bowker, Graham Hutchings, Robert D. Armstrong, Wilm Jones
Solvent Free Synthesis of PdZn/TiO2 Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol
published pages: 144-153, ISSN: 1022-5528, DOI: 10.1007/s11244-018-0885-6
Topics in Catalysis 61/3-4 2020-04-22
2017 Drejc Kopač, Matej Huš, Mitja Ogrizek, Blaž Likozar
Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Methanol Synthesis from Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen on Cu(111) Catalysts: Statistical Uncertainty Study
published pages: 17941-17949, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04985
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121/33 2020-04-22
2015 C. Bergins, K.-C. Tran, E.-I. Koytsoumpa, E. Kakaras, T. Buddenberg, Ó. Sigurbjörnsson
Power to Methanol Solutions for Flexible and Sustainable Operations in Power and Process Industries
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2017 Matej Huš, Venkata D.B.C. Dasireddy, Neja Strah Štefančič, Blaž Likozar
Mechanism, kinetics and thermodynamics of carbon dioxide hydrogenation to methanol on Cu/ZnAl 2 O 4 spinel-type heterogeneous catalysts
published pages: 267-278, ISSN: 0926-3373, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.01.077
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 207 2020-04-22
2018 Efthymia Ioanna Koytsoumpa, Christian Bergins, Emmanouil Kakaras
The CO 2 economy: Review of CO 2 capture and reuse technologies
published pages: 3-16, ISSN: 0896-8446, DOI: 10.1016/j.supflu.2017.07.029
The Journal of Supercritical Fluids 132 2020-04-22
2017 Matej Huš, Drejc Kopač, Neja Strah Štefančič, Damjan Lašič Jurković, Venkata D. B. C. Dasireddy, Blaž Likozar
Unravelling the mechanisms of CO 2 hydrogenation to methanol on Cu-based catalysts using first-principles multiscale modelling and experiments
published pages: 5900-5913, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01659J
Catalysis Science & Technology 7/24 2020-04-22
2017 James S. Hayward, Paul J. Smith, Simon A. Kondrat, Michael Bowker, Graham J. Hutchings
The Effects of Secondary Oxides on Copper-Based Catalysts for Green Methanol Synthesis
published pages: 1655-1662, ISSN: 1867-3880, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201601692
ChemCatChem 9/9 2020-04-22

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