Aberdeen university ‘revolutionising’ energy transition with plasma tech


A project is to be undertaken by scientists at the University of Aberdeen that aims to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into hydrocarbons using a plasma electrolyser.

Announced today (March 31st), the £250,000 energy transition project could enable the use of renewable energy to revolutionise approaches to decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy industry. 

One of ten key net zero-by-2050 energy projects announced today by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the study – Electrocatalysis in non-thermal plasma for energy storage – is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 

To convert CO2 into hydrocarbons to be used as energy, the team create an electrochemical reaction by applying a voltage between two electrodes in a weakly ionised gas. 

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