An Electrochemical Pathway to Fuels and Chemicals from CO2

Period of Performance: 01/01/2011 - 12/31/2011

$150K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Eltron Research, Inc.
4600 Nautilus Court South
Boulder, CO 80301
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

CO2 is a plentiful potential feedstock for the synthesis of a number of fuels and chemicals. Unfortunately, reactions utilizing CO2 are often slow, equilibrium limited, and energy consuming. Furthermore, the production of some chemicals and polymer precursors may require multiple process steps. Thus, selection of candidate chemistries and approaches for implementing them is important. In any of these conversions, catalysis (or electrocatalysis) will play an important role. CO2 can be incorporated into liquid fuels or chemicals using appropriate pathways. It is our intent to develop novel electrocatalysts for effecting direct conversion of CO2directly to fuels fungible with existing transportation fuels. Phase I will demonstrate proof of concept, while Phase II will focus on the design, fabrication, and operation of a small scale prototype system.Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Recent inquiries by others about Eltrons CO2 reduction technologies have shown some renewed commercial interest in CO2 capture and sequestration. Consequently, there may be significant commercial interest in the technology to be developed as a result of a successful offering. The production of chemicals, recyclable fuels, solvents, and polymers from CO2are of significant interest.