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Solar reforming of CO2 to produce Diesel fuel

  • Project Description

    The aim of this project is to design, test, and demonstrate an innovative technology, referred to as the Sunexus CO2 Solar Reformer. The Sunexus technology employs a two stage process for the conversion of CO2 to diesel fuel with an overall system energy of 74%, due to the use of concentrated solar energy: First, the solar reformation of captured CO2, methane and steam produces synthesis gas and second, the syngas is catalytically (Terra) transformed into diesel fuel. Here, the first stage was studied by developing a solar reforming system, including a specially designed reactor and proprietary CO2 reforming catalyst with high conversion efficiencies. The second stage of the system has been demonstrated under other funding.

    Poroject Lead: Renewable Energy Institute International (REII)

  • Geographical Information

    Region: North America

    Country: United States

    City/Town: Mcclellan Park

  • Project Boundaries

    Timeline Start - End: 2010-01-15 - 2010-12-31

    Project Status: Completed

    Project Budget: 0.0 €

    Funding source: N.A.

  • Technological Information


    - Technology Infractructure (CCU)

    - Research (CCU)

    CO2 Source: N.A.

    CCU Tecnology Category: Utilization

    Info On Utilization:

    - Photochemical conversion

    - Catalytic conversion

    Facility stage: Project Completed

    End TRL: 6

  • Technological Details

    CO2 capture/Utilization:

    Production Volume:

  • Product Information

    Product Categories:

    - Fuels

    Specific Product(s): Synthetic diesel

  • Partners

    - Clean Energy Systems Inc.

    - Pacific Renewable Fuels

    - Desert Research Institute

    - Renewable Energy Institute International (REII)