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Innovation and research in the renewable gas field

The actors of the gas sector sign a contract with Paris Diderot University.

Paris Diderot University with GRDF, GRTgaz and Teréga have signed a MARS (Methane Renewable Solar) contract. The purpose of this research contract is to develop innovative solutions for storing solar energy and recycling CO2.

The MARS project aims to bring the actors of the gas and sector together with researchers to develop the renewable energy sources used at the heart of the energy mix.

Boosting renewable gas through innovation and research

The research carried out in the context of the MARS project is focusing on transforming carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane (CH4, natural gas). This research would ultimately result in offering a solution for recycling carbon dioxide gas into methane as a means of storing solar energy.

Fundamental research and applied research, both academic or industrial, will thus work in synergy to develop a process which should allow CO2 to be transformed into an everyday energy source, compatible with current uses, using sunlight and an iron-based molecule.

Fundamental research and applied research: a winning synergy

This project originates in research carried by the Molecular Electrochemistry Laboratory (LEM: a joint CNRS / Paris Diderot University unit) and more particularly a team of researchers overseen by Marc Robert and Julien Bonin.

The MARS project is part of a joint approach between energy and scientific research actors. Development of the results and the test phases will be carried out jointly by the various actors to verify that the solutions proposed by Paris Diderot University are applicable to the activities of the natural gas sector.

By using carbon dioxide gas as a raw material, the MARS project seeks to support the development of a circular economy which will ultimately be able to recover CO2, contribute to the management of energy resources by proposing a solution for recycling carbon dioxide gas and storing solar energy and allow industrial sectors specialised in recycling to develop.