Amongst the renewable energies the solar energy is supposed to become the dominating one in the remote future. Process intensification is necessary in order to exploit unevenly distributed solar and other renewable energy sources. This article aims to highlight the role of heterogeneous catalysts in the novel catalytic processes designed for alternative energy generation. It is essential to develop catalysts and technologies for storing and transporting energy produced from various renewable sources. Storage in batteries or in chemical forms, for example in hydrogen, is under investigations. Due to robustness of the present infrastructure built for the exploitation of fossil resources, a part of the studies is devoted to develop catalytic processes for production of liquid fuels of biomass origin or using CO2 as carbon source. New catalysts are complex multicomponent systems with hierarchically organized 3D-nanostructures. Characterization and modeling of such systems requires the development of in situ characterization tools.
|Title of host publication||Catalysis for Alternative Energy Generation|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||11|
|ISBN (Print)||146140343X, 9781461403432|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)