Opus 12, Inc. – Berkeley, CA Renewable Electricity-Powered Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Ethanol for Storage and Transportation (Category 1) – $1,903,268 The Opus 12, Inc. project team will develop a device to facilitate the direct conversion of carbon dioxide to ethanol using a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer system. PEM systems are commonly used for hydrogen generation, and Opus 12’s innovation changes the environment of the PEM electrolyzer to have high selectivity for carbon dioxide utilization. The one-step synthesis process contributes to system efficiency, keeps capital costs low, and if successful, the project would integrate seamlessly into existing ethanol purification infrastructure.