The production of hydrogen and synthetic fuels (e-fuels) while considering the conscientious use of water resources through the implementation of carbon capture technologies is currently a proficient approach to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and guarantee a successful energy transition. Nevertheless, uncertainties still persist about the intricacy of the technology, its technical and economic effectiveness, externalities, and potential impacts and implementation risks.
In this context, the DryHy project was conceived with the aim of developing technologies and processes to enable resource-conscious, sustainable, and efficient energy and materials management. The project’s goal is to produce hydrogen and e-fuels using a Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC), which can be powered by renewable energies sourced from arid regions in Africa.
The overall concept behind the project is to use photovoltaics (PV) as an energy source, as well as a low temperature Direct Air Capture (DAC) system to capture CO2 and extract water from the ambient air. This water will then feed a high temperature electrolysis to produce hydrogen or syngas if the combination of water and CO2 in the electrolyzer will serve as feedstock for a methanol reactor to produce e-methanol.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is being developed and carried out in collaboration with partners from industry, such as Volkswagen and FEV, and various research institutions, such as Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University. The Chair of Management Accounting is responsible for examining the cost structure and value chain by characterizing efficiency losses and evaluating possible external effects and implementation risks.
With a social component, the project also aims to acquire and disseminate relevant knowledge and to strengthen an energy and research partnership between Germany and Africa. The work at the Chair is carried out by an international team consisting of graduates of the “International Master's Program in Energy and Green Hydrogen” (IMP-EGH) from West Africa and a German Research Assistant.
The broad data basis required for this is generated, among other things, by cooperation with the different project clusters as well as with project partners from industry and institutes.
For more information and a global overview, visit the project website: https://www.dryhy.de/deCopyright: © BMBF