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Solar Thermal Conversion of CO2 into Valuable Nanomaterials

The project proposes a technology to couple the decarbonation of limestone with the production of carbon nanotubes using a combined electrochemical molten salts reactor system. This lowers the fuel cost of limestone calcination, while also converting the produced CO2 into a high-value product. The approach is energy intensive and its energy consumption may offset the aims of a carbon capture process, which is to reduce the overall environmental impact of limestone calcination through the manufacture of carbon-based products. Therefore, an additional objective of the project is to lower the overall carbon footprint of the process through the utilisation of solar technologies. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)/Photovoltaic (PV) technologies will be used as a source of renewable electrical and thermal energy for the system.

Partners: Gulf Organisation for Research and Development QSTP LLC, GORD (Coordinator), Fundación IMDEA Energía, University of Aberdeen
Funding institution/Program: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), National Priorities Research Program – Standard (NRRP-S), grant NPRP12S-0322-190433
Call: Request for proposals (RFP) 12th cycle
Period: January 2020 – January 2023
Principal Investigator: Dr. José Luis Gálvez Martos