Integrated solar thermal catalytic and solar electrolyser process

Competitive Advantage:

  • Highly active methane dry reforming catalyst based on cheap active metals (Ni and Co) which can be synthesised rapidly in a single step method, and is readily scalable;
  • High conversion of methane (up to 90%) is achievable at a relatively low operating temperature of 700°C;
  • Catalyst support (using SiO2 and Al2O3) modification to enhance catalyst stability 


  • Alleviate global warming by recycling CO2 into synthetic fuels;
  • Effective use of abundant and free energy from the sun 

Successful applications:

  • The construction and commissioning of a Solar Thermal Plant for integrated CO2 methanation with hydrogen production via catalysed water electrolysis
Solar thermal plant

Capabilities and facilities:

  • Access to expertise and state-of-the-art facilities for catalyst synthesis for large scale production;
  • Characterisation and testing of catalyst performance
  • In-situ testing to understand conversion mechanisms


  • Dr Jian Pan
  • Dr Tze Hao Tan
  • Scientia Prof Rose Amal

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