Direct co-processing of CO2 & water
to sustainable multicarbon energy products
in novel photocatalytic reactor
Solar fuels, produced via solar driven CO2 and water conversion can contribute to drastically reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and implement a man-made carbon-cycle complementing the natural-one, deploying the circular economy strategy.
Accordingly, the European Union, its Member States and their international counterparts have issued common calls, particularly via the Mission Innovation Green Powered Future, aimed at developing sustainable fuels from non-biomass non-fossil sources, such as developing clean forms of storable chemical energy carriers, especially from direct sunlight.
To design, develop and optimise novel hybrid photocatalysts and their innovative bio-sourced porous support – frustules – for CO2 conversion into energy-rich C2+ species.
To design and build a novel photocatalytic reactor and develop and integrate selective and stable photocathodes for multielectron CO2 reduction in Photoelectrochemical Cells experiments.
To engineer the DESIRED fuel production system, validate solar fuel production at a laboratory (TRL 4) under simulated and real sunlight conditions, characterise and evaluate the solar fuels, and conduct technology transferability studies.
To assess the environmental, social, and economic implications of the technologies developed in DESIRED through integrated life cycle sustainability assessment.
To maximise the impact of the project through wide dissemination, communication, exploitation, and standardisation actions.