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The Role and Feasibility of Electrofuels in the Future Renewable Energy System

Global warming is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, challenges we are facing. The global temperature keeps rising with severe consequences in relation to climate change. To stop the globe from overheating we have to leave fossil fuels in the ground. One of the alternatives to fossil fuels is electrofuels. This PhD project comprises a comparative and holistic system analysis of electrofuels to assess their feasibility and long-term viability.

The primary and overarching aim of this PhD project is to study the sustainability aspects of electrofuels and technologies, including what the long-term success criteria/performance criteria of the electrofuels and production technologies are in order for their large-scale implementation to come true. The PhD project is part of the VILLUM Center where the key aim is to make an impact by designing efficient routes for storing electrical energy in the form of chemical bonds, i.e. in chemical compounds that can be used either as energy carriers, or as building blocks for chemical production. Energy carriers or fuels produced in this way, needing no fossil fuel resources nor biomass resources are in this PhD project defined as electrofuels.

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upervisor: Henrik Wenzel 
Co-supervisors: Gang Liu, Abid Rabbani

Collaboration partners
The PhD project is part of  the VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals, supported by a grant from VILLUM FONDEN.

The VILLUM Center partners are:

  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Stanford University
  • University of Copenhagen (KU)
  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

PhD Thesis


Last Updated 06.01.2023