This project will initiate a major new line of technology for the use of CO2 as feedstock for chemical processes and energy storage.
The envisaged technology will not only store the emitted CO2 as e.g. in the CCS approach, but transform it to less oxidized and hence chemically accessible hydrocarbons and their derivatives.
The project will lay the foundation for the development of the direct use of sunlight in chemical conversion of CO2. Furthermore, in the long term, the project’s outcome will help to decarbonize the energy sector.
The direct application of sunlight and the generation of solvated electrons in water or ionic liquids make this technology independent from fossil energy sources and hence it will have an important transformational impact on society by shaping of our energy sources in the future.