Reducing CO2 using 3D Printing? – A project of Omni3D and the Cyprus University of Technology
Among the numerous projects of Omni3D, one that draws the attention today is linked to the environment. Omni3D and the Cyprus University of Technology are currently working on reducing CO2 as part of the European M-Era net project.
Entitled “The production of biofuel in process using BioElectroCathodes and CO2”, the project aims to produce new biological electrosynthesis biocatalysts. In addition to newly created cathodes, 3D printing should be used to manufacture a Microbial Electrosynthesis Baffle Reactor. The latter will therefore serve to the transformation of CO2 into biometan and-or ethanol.
“We believe that including Omni3D in this kind of project gives an opportunity to show new 3D printing implementations of our technology. It is also an attempt at recognizing responsibility and making all the entrepreneurs aware of the growing risk and the need of fighting the global warming. The success of the project is dependent not only on the work of the consortium members, but also on an active participation of countries demonstrating significant CO2 emission. As a representative of Poland in this international endeavor, we feel particularly obligated because our country takes the 21st place in the world CO2 emission ranking” – explains Paweł Robak, the CEO of Omni3D Ltd.
The Microbial Electrosynthesis Baffle Reactor
The reactor serves as a catalyst to turn CO2 into organic products. An external energy source contributes to this transformation. Omni3D explains that the electrons come from the cathode of a bio-electrochemical system which has been fabricated to enable emission of biological reductive reactions.
Krzysztof Kardach, the main technologist of OMNI3D explains: “In the course of the project, we will develop and test thermoplastic materials, which will then be used to examine the efficiency of microbial electrosynthesis (MES). This is the first part. In the second part, the team will focus on developing a prototype of a 3D printer that is particularly optimized for mass production of the devised reactors. The final product of the project will help to fight with power shortage and, most importantly, it is a great advantage for industries emitting CO2 and common citizens as well. There will be two advantages: less CO2 in the atmosphere, and the biogas that can be used in households and vehicles as a power source with the ability to store it.”
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