Electrochemical Devise for Synthesis Gas and
Liquid Fuel Production
William L. Becker, Michael Penev, and Robert J. Braun
Summary: A method for creating liquid fuels from carbon dioxide and water using a solid oxide
electrolytic cell
Description: In response to increasing energy production requirements and the desire to
reduce or eliminate pollutants from energy sources, new, cleaner fuel sources are being sought
for a variety of applications, especially for transportation fuels. A known source of cleaner fuels
includes synthetic fuels made from synthesis gas that are produced by gas-to-liquid conversion
processes. However, standard methods (e.g., steam reforming of methane, coal gasification, or
biomass gasification) are fraught with technical challenges and are not economically viable. This
invention relates to methods for creating high value liquid fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and jet
fuel using carbon dioxide and water as the starting raw materials. This method combines a
novel solid oxide electrolytic cell (SOEC) for the efficient and clean conversion of these
feedstocks to hydrogen and carbon monoxide (synthesis gas), with the SOEC uniquely
integrated with a gas-to-liquid fuels process. This process, when coupled with solar or wind
based energy conversion devices, allows for the storage of intermittent energy in synthetic
Potential Areas of Application
 Electrical Utility Companies
 Synthetic Fuel Production
 Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Main Advantages of this Invention
 Ready for commercialization.
 High efficiencies
ID number: 13015
Intel ectual Property Status: US utility patent pending (application 14/213,879)
Opportunity: Seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing, manufacturing, and
sale of this technology.
For more information contact:
William Vaughan, Director of Technology Transfer
Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Guggenheim Hall Suite 314, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2555; e-mail: wvaughan@mines.edu