Projects from the innovation field sustainable catalytic processes


September 2022 – August 2025


Conversion of CO2 from South African coal-fired power plants into multiple commodity streams using green ammonia and hydrogen

South Africa's coal-fired power plants not only emit large quantities of CO₂, but also harmful nitrogen oxides (NOₓ), sulfur oxides (SOₓ) and particulate matter. To ensure that coal can be used in the most environmentally friendly way possible until the complete transition to renewable energies, the CoalCO₂-X™ program aims to harness the components of the flue gas for the circular production of products such as diesel and fertilizers. Green ammonia, the synthesis of which is being demonstrated by Fraunhofer IGB in Straubing, plays a key role here.


January 2018 – December 2020


CO2-based electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide

The goal of the project CO2EXIDE is the establishment of an electrochemical, energy efficient and near-to CO2-neutral process for the production of the bulk chemical ethylene from CO2, water and renewable energy. One of the central steps is the development of a new type of electrolyser that enables a simultaneous reaction on both anode and cathode, which is more efficient in terms of energy and resources.


November 2023 – October 2026


Electrobiocatalytic cascade for bulk reduction of CO2 to CO coupled to fermentative production of high value diamine monomers

ECOMO unites bioelectrocatalysis, biohybrid materials sciences, organic synthesis, technical microbiology, and process engineering for CO gas fermentation to acetate and a subsequent fermentative production of diamines.


January 2023 – December 2026


Electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from water, air and renewable electric energy

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an environmentally friendly oxidant widely used in the chemical industry. However, the classic production method is expensive and not suitable for decentralized application on a small scale. For this reason, researchers at Fraunhofer IGB have been working on an alternative electrochemical process in the CO2EXIDE project. This is now being further developed and demonstrated in the EU-funded follow-up project POWER2HYPE together with partners from industry and research.