What would it take for renewably powered electrosynthesis to displace petrochemical processes?
De Luna, P., Hahn, C., Higgins, D., Jaffer, S., Jaramillo, T., Sargent, E. What would it take for renewably powered electrosynthesis to displace petrochemical processes? Science, 364 (6438), DOI: 10.1126/science.aav3506 (2019).
We provide a technoeconomic and carbon emission analysis of possible products, offering targets that would need to be met for economically compelling industrial implementation to be achieved.
Significance and Impact
We quantitatively show what it would take for CO2 to displace fossil fuel sources as the chemical supply for small-molecule chemical feedstocks.