As part of the 2017 Energy Research Seed Fund program, the Duke University Energy Initiative has awarded the NTFL a grant to study the electrochemical production of clean fuels.
Solar and wind generation can supply clean power, but effectively storing this energy and delivering it to users is a colossal challenge. Carbon-neutral liquid fuels, made from air and renewable energy, are expected to be an ideal solution. These fuels can be easily stored and transported, and their subsequent use results in zero total emissions. In collaboration with Professor Weitao Yang, the NTFL will develop materials for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to liquid fuel.