Power to X: Model-based optimization of CO2 electrolysis
- Chemical Process Engineering
- Masterthesis / Bachelorthesis
- Focus/Key Topic:
The limited occurrence of fossil resources as well as the emission of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas CO2 are among the biggest challenges science has to tackle. The reduction of CO2 emissions is one opportunity to slow down climate change. A new approach however is the conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons in an electrochemical membrane reactor. The products can be used as commodity chemicals or as fuels. The electricity for operating the electrochemical membrane reactor can be obtained from surplus renewable energies in order to sustainably close the CO2 loop.
In a first step an empirical electrolyzer model needs to be implemented in the software GAMS. Additionally, the separation process needs to be considered. Membrane processes are characterized by low capital and operation costs but still showing good separation performance. In this work, different flowsheet configurations shall be investigated and optimized using GAMS.
What I expect:
- Interest and motivation to work on new topics of process engineering
- A highly independent working student
- First experience with modeling is helpful but not necessary
What you can expect:
- Insight into a currently relevant research topic
- Gaining experience with modeling and simulating chemical processes
Please send me an email if you are interested in the project and we can arrange a meeting. I am looking forward to your message!