E-FUELS Generator (in development – patent protected)
CATAGEN are developing a process for new liquid e-fuel production using its energy efficient patented OMEGA reactor. This is a new approach to developing a proprietary method to create an affordable hydrogen fuel carrier that uses the energy from a wind turbine. Hydrogen is difficult to transport so our e-fuel carrier makes it easier to transport and store.
The proposed CATAGEN System has the potential to address the issues around hydrogen storage and transport. E-fuels provide a net-zero solution to replace fossil fuels. CO2 is captured from the air and used as a feedstock with green hydrogen in the synthesis of e-fuel and is recycled into the air once used in application. A totally renewable energy dense fuel with Net Zero CO2. CATAGEN are presenting a potential solution based on the core competencies, skilled team and technologies developed as a successful Queen’s University Belfast spin out that works with the world’s leading automotive manufacturers.
The objective of this project is to determine the feasibility of developing new capabilities and technologies to combine known recirculating gas reactor test technology to yield a production machine and process that can produce green syngas with a subsequent second stage reaction to a high density, easily transportable green E-Fuel (a long chain hydrocarbon).
This new process will utilise green hydrogen and CO2 sequestered from the air as feedstock, with the proposed new production reactor and process to be powered using renewable electricity – resulting in a carbon net-zero, hydrogen-based, fuel which can be utilised to help decarbonise existing fleet and difficult sectors such as marine and aviation.
The calculated energy to generate 1kg of E-Gasoline using this method is 6.5kWh, which is comparable to the energy for compression of 1kg of H2 for high pressure storage, and ≈10% of the energy required to generate 1kg H2. The output of the project will mean E-Fuel can be produced at a renewable energy site alongside hydrogen production.