EIC Horizon Prize for 'Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis'

Estat

Oberta

Àrea gestora

Oficina de Projectes Internacionals

Entitat convocant

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Programa

Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot- 2018-2020

Àrea temàtica

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Tipus d'ajut

PJE_Projectes Europeus

Destinataris

  • Grups de Recerca (GRU)
  • Investigadors/es (INV)

Descripció

The challenge is to build a fully functional, bench-scale prototype of an artificial photosynthesis based system which is able to produce a useable synthetic fuel.

Artificial photosynthesis is widely considered to be among the most promising new technologies to deliver sustainable alternatives to current fuel supplies. Due to its ability to use a combination of sunlight, water and carbon from the air to produce energy, artificial photosynthesis is regarded as a potential breakthrough energy technology. It can be used to produce hydrogen or carbon-based fuels ? collectively referred to as ?solar fuels? ? which offer an efficient and transportable means of storage of solar energy. Solar energy, in turn, can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels and as a feedstock for a wide range of industrial processes.

The device to be built needs to integrate the whole process from light capture to fuel production and be capable of powering a small engine. The production of fuel in the form of hydrogen and the use of conventional photovoltaic cells for the light harvesting process or to collect light and electrolysers are not permitted.

For the purpose of this prize, artificial photosynthesis (AP) is understood to be a process that aims at mimicking the physical chemistry of natural photosynthesis by absorbing solar energy in the form of photons. The solution is required to use this energy to generate fuel molecules through a synthetic system to be delivered as a single integrated device that utilises either biomimetic, nanotechnology, synthetic biology or a combination of these systems.

Meeting the challenge will stimulate innovation and focus research and development towards energy applications in a new energy technology through increased public and commercial interest. Moreover, it will accelerate the development of new innovative energy conversion systems using solar light and natural elements to produce renewable fuels to be used in industry, housing and transport.

The challenge will also create a stimulus for industrial participation and creation of start-ups, pushing the artificial photosynthesis technology for fuel production to the next level of development.

Considering the innovative approach and the novelty of using artificial photosynthesis for fuel production, the prize will generate interest in the subject and foster interdisciplinary collaboration among potential applicants, such as students, young researchers and engineers. The competition is expected to highlight the diversity of potential solutions.

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Data de publicació

27/10/2017

Data d'inici presentació de sol·licituds

12/12/2017

Termini intern (presentació sol·licituds UAB)

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Termini oficial (presentació sol·licituds organisme convocant)

05/05/2021

Data de resolució prevista

31/12/2021

Resolució

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