Hermenegildo Garcia’s group hosted in Valencia the 1st in-person meeting of the ECO2Fuel project.

ECO2Fuel is an EU project under Horizon2020 (Green Deal). It aims to design, manufacture, operate, and validate the worldwide first low-temperature 1MW direct, electrochemical CO2 conversion system to produce economic and sustainable liquid e-fuels (C1-C4 alcohols) under industrially relevant conditions. This will be achieved by the direct electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 using water and renewable electricity without hydrogen at temperatures and pressures below 80°C and 15 bar, respectively. Due to its compatibility to dynamic loads the ECO2Fuel system allows the effective and direct coupling to renewable energy sources (RES) or facilitating grid-balancing service. The ECO2Fuel system is based on a genuinely unique CO2 electrolysis technology developed under the Horizon 2020 project LOTER.CO2M. This system will be optimized to produce efficiently and selectively C1-C4 alcohols and upscaled from 5 kW with an unprecedented approach to an intermediate 50 kW pilot plant and a final industrial size demonstrator of 1MW within the ECO2Fuel project. The produced e-fuels will be evaluated as green alternative feedstock in two of Europe’s CO2 emission heavy sectors, transport, and energy.

The 15 international partners from the chemical, energy, hydrogen, mechanical engineering and automotive industry, and several research institutions have met on September 22-23 in Valencia to present the project’s achievements and to discuss the challenges and strategies to overcoming these as well as to talk on future strategies to contribute to achieve the project’s goals.