Technology

Unique Reactor Design

Coval Energy’s unique high-pressure reactor enables efficient electro-catalytic reduction of CO2.

The reactor that is the core of our technology is an efficient and easy to operate electrochemical cell that converts CO2 by an electrocatalytic process to chemicals.

Operating conditions, material and energy balances, and the reactor configuration are optimized in terms of:

      • The optimal configuration of CO2 flow to the reactor and the finetuning of the electric energy requirements.
      • Choice of the materials used for the electrodes and the ion-exchange membrane to assure a low over-potential and a high flux of hydrogen ions across the membrane.
      • Location and configuration of the electrodes in the reactor, combining several features of electrodes and the ion exchange membrane to assure a high electric current density.
      • High selectivity and high conversion for a number of products: formic acid (CH2O2), carbon monoxide (CO), or methanol (CH3OH), minimizing the downstream processing to obtain the desired specifications.

Flexible and cost-efficient

Coval Energy technology entails a modular and flexible reactor design.

The overall process is based on a modular design: the use of an electrochemical cell permits scale-up to a commercial plant based on an array of electrochemical cells.

Furthermore, the modular reactor set-up provides a versatile production of chemicals at high yields whilst minimizing costly product upgrading.

Due to the mild process conditions, the technology will facilitate flexible use.

Faster time to market

Faster time to market as our technology builds on proven components and sound system engineering principles.

We adopt a holistic approach in order to understand and operate complex reactive systems.

Our technology:

      • Provides a complete technological solution, adjustable to individual business strategies.
      • Comprises a flexible process, suited for a broad range of relevant industrial conditions, like CO2 flow rate and pressure.
      • Is scalable through the use of a modular reactor design, which allows for optimal operational control.
      • Is based on proven reactor configuration, with the optimal use of electrodes, membrane properties, and reactor design.