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Methane synthesis - energy storage of the future

October 13, 2014

Coordinated by the Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT) at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie the IMT, the Chair of Anorganische Chemie at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie at TU Braunschweig and the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) are cooperating in the development of a catalytic methane synthesis. Methane, the principal element of natural gas, can be synthetically gained from water and carbon dioxide using electrical energy. This methane can easily be stored and distributed.

The target is to research new peptide-based catalysts for a methane synthesis as well as an increased and improved understanding of the complex conversion processes. The KATMETHAN project has an overall volume of 1.462 million € and is sponsored by the BMBF using 995,000 € in funds from the energy and climate fonds. IMS CHIPS is sponsored with 203,000 €. The project´s duration is three years. The project management agency is Projektträger Jülich, Geschäftsbereich Energietechnologie, Fachbereich Grundlagenforschung Energie (support code: 03EK3030D).