EFACE (ElectroFuels in A Circular Economy)

Title

EFACE – ElectroFuels in A Circular Economy

Start Year

2020

End Year

2021

Funding Body

Science Foundation Ireland, Future Innovator Prize 2019 – Zero Emissions Challenge

Coordinator

Dr David Wall, MaREI, the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland.

Research Partners

Dublin City University (DCU), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)

Project Partners

Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), DePuy Synthes

Principal Investigators

Dr David Wall (UCC), Prof Jerry Murphy (UCC)

Research Area

Electrofuels, Hydrogen, Methane, Circular economy, Bioenergy

Website

EFACE – SFI Zero Emissions Challenge

Introduction

EFACE investigates the development of a Power to a Gas facility, to introduce electrofuels in the form of hydrogen and methane to the Cork Lower Harbour, providing storage for electricity generated from wind turbines at times when demand for electricity is low. The proposed electrofuel system will be assessed in conjunction with other renewable technologies such as anaerobic digestion, and for further integration with existing wastewater treatment plant infrastructure, to enable a circular economy approach.

Aim

The EFACE project aims to tackle three specific challenges:

1. Increasing energy efficiency from existing intermittent renewable electricity devices

2. Creating a more sustainable agricultural sector through the production of bioenergy

3. Delivering energy diversification and decarbonisation through the use of advanced transport fuels.

Work Packages

WP1: Electrofuel system

WP2: Circular Economy

WP3: Biological Methanantion

WP4: Communication and Dissemination

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Contact

Contact: Dr david.wall@ucc.ie

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