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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.
Industrial equipment manufacturer Leroux et Lotz Technologies turned to Liten, a CEA Tech institute, to design and build a complete sample collection and analysis system for gasification reactors. The system was installed on Leroux et Lotz’ test reactor in Nantes, France.
The REACSOL solar reactor developed by Liten, a CEA Tech institute, was successfully used for high-temperature biomass gasification in tests carried out in conjunction with lab CNRS-PROMES. The results of the tests—gasification of wood-based biomass continuously fed into the reactor with concentrated solar energy as the heat source—were encouraging.
The Génépi biofuel platform is open! Following three years of construction, most of the facility’s equipment is now operational. The platform is ready to innovate efficient biomass gasification methods to produce fuel.
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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.