CO2 - Loop for Energy storage and conversion to Organic chemistry Processes through advanced catalytic Systems

European Union Seventh Framework Programme
 Home Newsletter 1 / July 2013

What is CEOPS ?

CEOPS is a 3 years European project funded under the NMP (Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies) theme of the European Union 7th Framework Programme. The project just started on February 1st, 2013 and is devoted to the development of a sustainable approach for the production of methanol, which is a precursor for fine chemicals products from CO2 via an easy transportable intermediate carbon vector, methane.This approach will enable the decentralisation of methanol production which will favour the emergence of distributed, small and flexible production units of fine chemicals. This vision will pave the way for several novel and sustainable production schemes. 

Find out more about the scientific content of the project under : 



Project Coordinator:
Laurent BEDEL
CEA-Grenoble - LITEN-DTBH 38054 
Grenoble Cedex 9
Tél: 33-4-38-78-57-20


CEOPS’s Impact 

The impact of the project will go beyond the methanol market for fine chemistry. Indeed, with the current development of renewable Energy at the European level, the electricity storage is becoming a major issue for the next decade. This CO2 conversion into CH4 will ease the storage of renewable energy generated during low production peaks. During high electricity peak consumption, instead to produce electricity from fossil fuels, it should be produced from this “renewable” CH4. This complementary approach will contribute to boost renewable sources and to smooth high peak costs. Furthermore, CO2could be reduced during low electrical consumption and low cost period to through the sub-system A.


Objectives of the project

CEOPS will develop and evaluate efficient advanced catalytic materials (Objective 1) for application in three promising electro-catalytic processes (Objective 2) in order to radically increase their conversion rates and selectivity overtime: 

  • DBD (Dielectric Barrier Discharge) plasma catalysis,
  • Photo-activated catalysis,
  • Electro-catalytic reduction.

The performances of the studied catalyst and process schemes will be benchmarked. 
The most efficient and durable scheme for both pathways will be selected on the basis of conversion rate, selectivity and energy (electricity) consumption. A prototype of sub systems A and B will be realised at a scale of m3.h-1 (Objective 3).

This prototype will integrate the selected schemes and will be validated in order to demonstrate the proof of concept and to generate the required data for the techno-economic assessment (Objective 4). The scalability of both schemes will be also studied with the support of the industrial partners.


A collaboration of partners through Europe :

Find out more about CEOPS partners under: http://www.ceops-project.eu/partners

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From the industrial point of view :

“In order to meet the sustainability targets of our group, it is extremely important to support the development of innovative technologies that minimise the impacts of our activities on the environment. Therefore we expect that this project will provide us with a solution to convert what is currently considered a waste “CO2” into valuable chemicals such as methane and methanol.”


“The "Power to Gas" will become a reality in the market over the next 5 to 10 years with the evolution of the structure of the production of electricity, mainly with the development of renewable energy and with the maturity of new technologies of electrolyzers. The objective is to take advantage of low price of electricity on the markets, caused by intermittent overproductions electricity at low marginal cost, to produce combustible gases (hydrogen or synthetic methane) which can be easily stored and transported in the existing natural gas infrastructures. 

The main four advantages of Power to Gas are : (1) ability to store large quantities of electricity over very long periods (several months) and reduce economic loss in periods of low consumption (decrease the phenomenon of curtailment of RES producers by the TSO due to lack of sufficient consumption), (2) possibility of transporting energy using natural gas grids (3) possibility of arbitrage between markets power generation and other uses of gas and (4) high ability of gas grids to absorb / cushion variable and intermittent productions.”


“Chemie-Cluster Bayern is expecting CEOPS to profit chemical industry. It will provide methanol with a greener carbon footprint, which will further highlight the role of chemical industry as key solution provider. Furthermore, methanol which is derived from carbon dioxide will decrease Europe’s dependence on other carbon feedstock as raw materials. Finally, a thorough techno-economic analysis will show whether the concept could be turned into a mature technology that is economically viable and sustainable.”