Kopernikus Power-to-X (Phase 2)


Meuleneers, Lara © Copyright: Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, RWTH Aachen University


Lara Meuleneers

Energy Systems Engineering


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Within the four projects “Kopernikus-Projekte für die Energiewende“, technological and economical solutions are developed for a new energy system in a dialogue between science, industry and civil society. The four projects focus on new grid structures, more flexible use of renewable energies, orientation to industrial processes and fluctuating energy supply, and system integration and cross-linking of the energy supply. Through an increased expansion of renewable energies, high amounts of fluctuating electricity are generated in future. The focus of the project “Power-to-X” is to store this renewable energy into fuels and chemicals.



The goal of the project is to develop an overall concept for an optimal integration of renewable energies into other sectors such as heat, mobility, and industry. For this purpose, the renewable electricity is converted via electrolysis into hydrogen, carbon monoxide or syngas. Carbon dioxide is used as carbon source and can be obtained from industrial point sources or captured directly from air. The focus is on products such as tailor-made fuels, plastics, and chemicals.

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Within the project, the developed technologies are assessed regarding their life cycle impact. The LTT leads the method harmonization for Life Cycle Assessment and focusses on the sustainable production of polymer building blocks. Thus, LCA can identify environmental beneficial P2X-processes and shows ecological trade-offs between the single processes.

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Project Details

Project Duration

November 2019 to October 2022


Federal Ministry of Education and Research