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Closing the Carbon Cycle
The growing penetration of low-carbon and carbon-free electricity into our energy systems will bring some industries' emissions down over the medium- to long-term. However, for the chemical and certain other industries and some transportation-related applications, high-energy-density requirements will mean continued reliance on carbon-containing substances.
The challenge will be to produce these substances using recyclable or renewable carbon, eliminating the release of additional CO2 into the atmosphere. This is part of a strategy known as closing the carbon cycle.
These carbon-containing substances can be synthesized from two other complementary sources of carbon:
Liten's research focuses on three technologies that are vital to these conversion chains:
Liten possesses pilot equipment that is unique in France, positioning the institute to scale these technologies up.
For the first time ever, diesel fuel has been produced by refining the oil contained in biocrude made using hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae. The first-ever drops of diesel to be obtained in this way prove that this method for producing biofuel is technically feasible—a major step forward.
Construction on the Jupiter 1000 power-to-gas demonstrator plant began on December 19, 2017 in Fos-sur-Mer in the South of France. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by a number of elected officials. Research scientist Laurent Bedel of Liten, a CEA Tech institute, spoke to us about the project.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.