Project SusFuelCat

Project Completed (Duration: 01.01.13 - 31.12.16)

The FP7-funded SusFuelCat project (sustainable fuel production by aqueous phase reforming – understanding catalysis and hydrothermal stability of carbon supported noble metals) aims at improving the process for using wet biomass to produce hydrogen as a source of energy. Hydrogen can either be used directly as a fuel or it can be stored in fuel cells in order to produce electrical energy. Furthermore, it is ideally suited to advancing the move towards alternative energy: unlike fossil fuels, it has the advantage of only producing water vapour – and no CO2  – during combustion. It can also be obtained from biomass such as cellulose and is therefore a renewable energy source. Finally, SusFuelCat focuses on the production of hydrogen using the catalytic aqueous phase reforming process (APR) – the energy efficiency of which is promising.

This way, SusFuelCat also supports the European Commission’s Europe 2020 growth strategy: by 2020, the objective is that greenhouse gas emissions will have been reduced by 20 percent, the proportion of renewable energy will have risen to 20 percent, and energy savings of 20 percent will have been achieved.

Catalytic converters are the key components in the process. It is anticipated that improving these as part of the APR process will continue to reduce the cost of hydrogen production, extend the durability of the converters, and increase hydrogen efficiency. In this way, SusFuelCat will make the whole procedure more sustainable.

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