Gaznat fund at EPFL
Gaznat supports R&D
As part of its commitment to funding research and development projects, Gaznat entered into an agreement with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne to launch calls for projects at the laboratories and research institutes of the university.
Eleven research projects have already been selected through two calls for proposals between 2016 and 2018. These projects focus on diverse topics related to CO2 and energy efficiency, including: CO2 capture using graphene membranes, geological sequestration of CO2, micro-cogeneration based on natural gas, the development of cells that convert CO2 into fuel using solar energy, or the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into ethylene.
These projects are:
- Metal oxides as paradigm.shifting catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction - Dr. Xile Hu
- Prospects and barriers to natural gas-based micro-cogeneration in Switzerland - Dr. Matthias Finger, Dr. Philippe Thalmann, Dr. Jan van Herle, Dr. François Vuille
- CO2 Capture by high throughput nanoporous graphene membrane - Dr. Kumar Varoon Agrawal
- FRICTION: Fault Reactivation during CO2 sequesTratION - Dr. Marie Violay
- Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to methane - Prof. Raffaella Buonsanti
- Development of a robust and inexpensive photoelectrochemical cell for the artificial photosynthesis of Solar Fuels from CO2 - Dr. Kevin Sivula
- On the integrative role of Natural Gas for the energy transition in the building sector - Dr. François Maréchal
- Development of heterogeneous metal organic framework catalysts for the direct transformation of carbon dioxide into synthetic natural gas - Dr. Paul Dyson and Dr. Clémence Corminboeuf
- Strategic design of polymer composites for carbon capture - Dr. Wendy Queen
- High efficiency Power-to-Methane system based on direct thermal coupling between steam electrolyzer and catalytic methanator - Dr. Jan van Herle
- Biomimetic hybrid organic-inorganic membranes for ultrahigh-throughput carbon capture - Dr. Kumar Varoon Agrawal
The third call for proposals is currently under way for projects with a focus on:
- Carbon dioxide management: CO2 capture, CO2 utilization, geological storage of CO2
- Gas supply of mobility (CNG, LNG, hydrogen)
- Power-to-gas technologies: integration with power systems as well as injection of hydrogen into the gas networks
- Biogas and synthetic gases
New projects will be selected during summer 2021 and launched in November.
Applications can be submitted to EPFL by April 28th, 2021.
More information is available on the Gaznat fund page on the EPFL website.