Can We Decarbonise Methanol Production by Direct Electrochemical CO2 Reduction?

Alice Shepherd, Veronica Del Angel Hernandez, Charl F. J. Faul, David J. Fermin

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Methanol is one of the most important chemical feedstocks, with an increase in global demand of more than 20 million tonnes since 2017. The current production of methanol is primarily from fossil fuel derived synthetic gas (syngas), producing up to 2.97 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of methanol. The direct electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (eCO2RR), i. e. systems in which CO2 is reduced to methanol at the cathode coupled to the oxygen evolution at the anode, is one of the most attractive approaches for decarbonising methanol production, using renewable energy sources as the power source. In this review, we critically discuss the progress and challenges associated with eCO2RR to methanol, with the aim of addressing the question of whether this approach can provide a feasible route to the decarbonisation of this key chemical commodity.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202300068
Issue number16
Early online date7 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
AS acknowledges the financial support by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, DTA grant EP/T517872/1). DJF also acknowledges the support from EPSRC through the SUPERH2 grant (EP/W032996/1). VDAH acknowledges The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) for the graduate scholarship 472740.

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© 2023 The Authors. ChemElectroChem published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.


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