15 Farm electrification for circular economy (KB-40-005-019)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


Circular agriculture requires agricultural side streams, such as manure, to be used and reused at preferably local (farm) scale. The expected abundancy of cheap renewable electricity creates new possibilities for energy use in a circular agriculture/economy.

In contrast to current high temperature petro chemistry, electrochemical conversions are performed under relatively mild conditions, allowing to perform reactions on small scales e.g., at the level of a farm. Here we want to investigate which, and to which extent, useful chemicals and transportation fuels can be produced in a small-scale paired electrolyser. The core of the idea is to use the bio-gas mixture (CH4/CO2) from a manure digester at a farm site to directly produce more valuable chemicals and fuels compared to the currently produced methane. To demonstrate the viability of the concept, a proof of principle is required, with a process design to identify potential bottlenecks.

Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/21