CO2-based Electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide

Innovations for climate change mitigation: CO2-based electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide. In the H2020 project CO2EXIDE, ten partners from six European countries develop an electrochemical process to convert greenhouse gas into industrially usable raw materials.

Climate change mainly driven by the emission of CO2 is one of the most serious challenges society faces today. Previous attempts to deposit the gas, which is particularly noxious both to oceans and atmosphere, have not yet yielded effective results. The H2020 project CO2EXIDE follows a novel and highly promising path: to recycle carbon dioxide and convert it into ethylene oxide, a substance exploitable for the product chain. Furthermore, the technology is suitable for the utilisation of excess energy from renewable sources and could substitute the fossil-based production of ethylene oxide. Combining the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with the establishment of sustainable supply chains, CO2EXIDE approaches climate change issues with an innovative “Cradle to Cradle” concept.


CO2EXIDE receives a three-year funding under Horizon 2020, the EU's research, innovation and societal challenges programme. It is assigned to the SPIRE initiative, which aims at the development of enabling technologies and best practices along all stages of existing large-scale value chain productions that will contribute to a resource efficient process industry. Ten organisations from six countries work together as part of CO2EXIDE, combining expert knowledge from the fields of surface physics, electrochemistry, apparatus engineering, energy management and communication. The project is accompanied by a broad communication campaign that includes the general public as well as experts from research and industry.

EPC is responsible for the communication of the project and will furthermore support its coordination. Aiming for a wide-spread and sustainable impact EPCs develops networking strategies thus paving the way for follow-up projects and the subsequent exploitation of results.

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Project duration

January 2018 – December 2020


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