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sustainable carbon cycle

Interest in Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) has been growing recently, i.e. the development of technologies to remove CO2 from flue gas and from the atmosphere, and use the captured CO2 as a working fluid, or as a source of carbon. The development of such technologies should be based on sustainability criteria, i.e. creating lowenergy solutions that will benefit the environment, the society, and the economy. To reach this target, further research is needed to develop novel CCU technologies.
At Wetsus, the Sustainable carbon cycle (SCC) theme aims to develop energy-efficient technologies to capture CO2 from the atmosphere
and from renewable sources, and convert the

captured CO2 into valuable chemicals. Our research focuses on electrochemical methods based on new electrode materials, ion exchange membranes, and new reactor design. The SCC theme builds on the long research experience at Wetsus in the field of applied electrochemistry for salinity gradients, capacitive deionization (CDI), and energy recovery from flue gas (CO2 energy).
Together with industrial and academic partners, our final goal is to boost the sustainable development of carbon capture and conversion, by combining clean electrochemistry, low-cost capture
technologies, and production of chemicals.

Team members

Coordination & management
Research staff
Bert Hamelers

Bert Hamelers

Program Director
Slawomir Porada

Slawomir Porada

Scientific Project Manager
Robert de Kler

Robert de Kler

Scientific advisor
Qingdian Shu

Qingdian Shu

PhD Researcher
Ragne Pärnamäe

Ragne Pärnamäe

Researcher

Mu Lin

PhD Researcher

Shih-Hsuan Lin

PhD Researcher

Research documents

Research partners