CO2 and sustainably produced hydrogen have the potential to serve as an ingredient for converting electrical power generated by windmills or solar panels into a gas fuel. This ‘power-to-gas’ concept can solve two problems at once: it reduces CO2 emissions while creating more flexible applications of sustainable energy. However, profitable conversion of CO2 would require an extremely effective catalyst. MCEC members Bert Weckhuysen and Florian Meirer, together with researchers from BASF, Lehigh University in the United States, and the synchrotron facilities at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland, have found a way to study the conversion process in detail and to determine the perfect size for the catalytic nickel nanoparticles. Their results will be published in Nature Catalysis.
29 January 2018