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EPSRC Reference: EP/D023653/1
Title: A Feasibility Study into the Formic Acid Economy
Principal Investigator: Hall, Professor PJ
Other Investigators:
Rayner, Professor CM Tsang, Professor S Davidson, Professor MG
Davis, Professor B
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Project Partners:
Huntsman ICI Chemicals
Department: Chemical and Process Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2005 Ends: 31 August 2006 Value (£): 75,735
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Chemical Synthetic Methodology
Electrochemical Science & Eng. Sustainable Energy Vectors
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Environment
Energy
Related Grants:
EP/D023246/1 EP/D023335/1 EP/D023238/1 EP/D022754/1
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It is essential to develop new, cheap, reliable and efficient power systems that do not contribute to global warming. There is a lot of interest in hydrogen because it can be produced cleanly from a large range of sources (biological, solar, wind etc). Unfortunately, it is difficult to store hydrogen and this limits its application. The proposal here is to combine hydrogen with CO2 from the atmosphere to produce an intermediate chemical called formic acid. Formic acid can be used as a fuel for fuel cells, which are essentially batteries that can be operated continuously, if they are provided with fuel. They are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engines, silent and non-polluting. Formic acid has not been tested extensively as a fuel but is very promising because it may be possible to increase fuel cell efficiency as well as reducing their cost.
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