Gensoric

Founded in 2009 from Dr. Gerd-Uwe Flechsig's research group at the University of Rostock, Gensoric has turned more than 20 years of research into several technology-driven products and solutions in the field of electrochemistry.

One of the most promising application of Gensoric’s platform technology is willpower energy, the worldwide first residential power-to-liquid and CO2 usage system. The willpower system empowers everybody to produce his own fuel at home from surrounding resources: CO2, water, and electricity. Gensoric’s vision is to make Europe independent from fossil fuels, especially oil and natural gas. The goal is to replace the centralized supply of fossil fuels for heating, which accounts for more than 73% of the fossil fuel usage and is responsible for 57% of all CO2 emissions in the EU-28 region. The first domain to attack is the residential heating sector that accounts for the biggest share of the energy consumption (ca. 40%).

The core is an internationally patent-protected electro-biocatalytical process technology to convert atmospheric CO2 into methanol. The clean and easy-to-handle energy carrier methanol can be stored and used for heating or electricity generation. CO2 can be captured regularly from the atmosphere or re-captured continuously from conversion processes. Through the combination of willpower's proprietary technology "Electrochemistry at directly heated electrodes" and the biocatalytical conversion of CO2 into methanol, the activity and yield of the reactions could be increased up to factor 50 without modifying the current state-of-the-art enzymes.

Pilot trials started in 2016. Gensoric's willpower project is one of the few European Innovation Champions funded by H2020 SME-Instrument Stage 2. The grant is used to conduct pilot trials in close collaboration with partners such as Skytree, Fraunhofer and the Helmholtz Institutes (Germany).

Further Gensoric products for the scientific community comprises ThermaLab which allows to experimentally control the temperature of an analytical procedure in order to change a reaction’s outcome, rate, etc. The ThermaLab can be used to improve both synthesis and analysis. In addition to augmenting reaction yield, it increases analysis sensitivity and selectivity by accelerating adsorption and synthesis processes directly at the point of interest. Thermal effects control the velocity and the direction of reactions by reducing production and side products and boosting conversion rates. New electrochemical methods provide promising applications in science and industry, such as mass transport directly at electrodes without mechanical assistance.