PART A- Conversion of CO2 and H2O to Syngas Using Reversible Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (RSOFCs) Technology

The main objective of this project is to demonstrate the highly promising performance of our world-leading catalysts in a scaled-up solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) system. SOECs can efficiently convert the greenhouse gas, CO2, or mixtures of CO2 and H2O, to useful chemicals and fuels, while running on excess electricity, thus serving to store intermittent electricity generated by wind and solar.
The SOECs developed to date in our group are based on a family of new catalysts composed of low cost earth-abundant metals. These cells (ca. 1 cm2) have demonstrated exemplary rates of CO2 + H2O conversion. This is sufficient for initial proof-of-concept, however, to move the technology towards commercialization, it is essential that larger cells, up to 5 x 5 cm2 (16 cm2 electrode area), are developed and demonstrated. TO BE CONT'D

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Paul Addo
Faculty Supervisor: 
Viola Birss
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Alberta
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