The project addresses two major challenges of our time. The first is the seasonal storage of surplus electrical energy from photovoltaic and wind power plants for times of insufficient supply of these fluctuating energy sources, which is essential for the success of the energy transition. The only realistic way imaginable today to store such large amounts of energy is to convert the electrical energy into chemical energy.
Secondly, the general move away from the extraction and use of fossil carbon sources not only as an energy source but also as a raw material for the chemical industry, which is necessary for sustainable climate protection - in other words, the establishment of a carbon cycle economy. In this vision, carbon dioxide is to be understood as a raw material, with the energy for the chemical reactions to convert it into liquid fuel, for example, coming from renewable sources. These tasks can only be solved economically if high conversion rates and high energy efficiency are achieved simultaneously in the synthesis process.