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Renewable electricity-powered carbon dioxide conversion to ethanol for storage and transportation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0000819
Agency Tracking Number: 1563-1504
Amount: $224,989.92
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DE-FOA-0001563
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001563
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2342 Shattuck Ave #820
Berkeley, CA 94704-1517
United States
DUNS: 079865172
HUBZone Owned: Unavailable
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Kendra Kuhl
 Chief Technology Officer
 (650) 291-5614
Business Contact
 Kendra Kuhl
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (650) 291-5614
Research Institution

Cost-effective electrochemical reduction of CO2 (ECO2R) in the atmosphere, is the holy grail of green chemistry. Using only water and electricity as other inputs, ECO2R has been demonstrated to produce ethanol with pure oxygen as a co-product. Ethanol is a versatile fuel that can be used in fuel cells, reformed to make hydrogen, or burned in an internal combustion engine. Ethanol produced from air-captured CO2 and renewable electricity would be carbon neutral, leading to no net new CO2 emissions when used. The proposed effort aims to move ECO2R from the research lab to commercial viability by integrating a novel cathode layer formulation, containing CO2-reducing catalysts and polymer electrolyte, into existing PEM electrolyzer architecture, which has benefited from decades of advances in performance. The culmination of the thirty-month project will be a ECO2R pilot reactor capable of producing over one hundred grams-per-day of ethanol. Moving this technology to commercial readiness provides a new source of domestic fuel production. Development of a pathway to low cost renewable fuel leads to new economic opportunities and job growth.

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