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A state-of-the-art integrated photothermal system for carbon dioxide conversion to methane and facilities for catalyst synthesis for large scale production.

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Competitive advantage

  • Integrated system incorporating photothermal technology to run the methanation reaction
  • Uses solar heating as the main driving force to heat up the catalyst for CO2 conversion
  • A very high CO2 conversion can be achieved using a Ni-based catalyst, with virtually 100% selectivity towards methane


  • Alleviate global warming by recycling CO2 into synthetic fuels
  • Effective use of abundant and free energy from the sun

Successful outcomes

  • The construction and commissioning of a Solar Thermal Plant for integrated CO2 methanation with hydrogen production via catalysed water electrolysis

Capabilities and facilities

  • Access to expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for catalyst synthesis for large scale production
  • Characterisation and testing of catalyst performance
  • In-situ testing to understand conversion mechanisms

Our partners

  • CSIRO Energy