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1 Breaking the Wall of Energy Supply. How Heterogeneous Catalysis Can Replace Fossil Fuels by Robert Schlögl Director, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Honorary Professor, Humboldt-Universität and Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. 1. How Heterogeneous Catalysis Can Replace Fossil Fuels

2 Fossil energy: always (?) at hand… 2 Source: IEA, Greenpeace, 2011 CO 2 emissions (Mio t)

3 The wall: why store the sun on earth? 3

4 The sun-gap…..bricks in the wall Thermo-mechanical storage is too ineffective 4

5 What we find… 5 We break the wall by creating artificial solar fuels like nature uses sugar

6 the wall 6

7 Can we split the water? 7 We use catalysts like nature does in photosynthesis: We need high performance systems

8 Can we make the solar fuel? 8 We need a catalyst with structural and electronic modifiers Then we can form methanol and transportation fuels and polymers

9 We break the wall….. 9

10 … when we keep on remodelling the energy system 0.17% of the earth surface receives all energy needs of mankind. Collect now solar energy by a combination of physical and chemical technologies. Store large amounts of this energy in chemical bonds. Complete and expand existing knowledge into a fundament of technologies. Price and prejudice: You need to support their implementation! 10


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