ANTECY has developed a technology to store sustainable energy by the formation of liquid fuels from CO2. Their breakthrough proprietary technology makes the application of non-fossil CO2 for the production of alternative fuels and other green chemical processes possible for a competitive price.
Methanol is considered by many the most important alternative future energy carrier. Methanol is a great substitute for gasoline directly, or can be transformed to DME, a cleaner diesel alternative. As an energy storage medium methanol surpasses state of the art battery technology in terms of energy density by close to a factor ten, with the added benefit that methanol can be stored indefinitely at near zero cost without energy degradation. Compared to energy storage in hydrogen, methanol is not only a denser fuel, but also much safer, less harmful in case of leakage and requires much less adjustments of the energy infrastructure.
The key to efficient and competitive methanol production from sustainable energy is a cheap and low energy CO2 sequestration technology. ANTECY’s proprietary CAIR technology provides this. Once CO2 is obtained, there are several routes to sustainable methanol production. Closest to market ready is the path that follows hydrogen production by electrolysis followed by thermo catalytic conversion of hydrogen and CO2 to methanol. Alternatively, water splitting and CO2 reduction could be combined in one electro catalytic system. ANTECY believes that the time to market for this method is longer. Finally, photo catalytic conversion is an option that requires the greatest research effort.
Over the last years, ANTECY has invested greatly in the development of the entire chain from electricity to methanol fuel. This has resulted in a complete process that can be applied anywhere in the world, and requires no other input than electric energy. Alternatively, part of the energy input can be (waste-) heat.
The ETL technology can be used for a range of applications. The process can be viewed as a storage method, to store electric energy in the form of a liquid fuel, to be converted back to electricity when required. Alternatively the produced liquid energy carrier can be used as a transportation fuel, or as a platform chemical for a range of, sustainable, products.