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Full spectrum SOLar Direct Air Capture & conversion

Objective

Ethylene is the chemical industry’s primary building block. SolDAC’s ambition is to reinvent the ethylene industry by proving (TRL4) an emerging breakthrough technology for producing technically and economically competitive, socially desirable and climate-neutral (sustainable) ethylene and co-product ethanol (C2 products) from solar energy and air. The project features a photo-electrochemical conversion (PEC) unit, being electrochemistry the only possible route for direct conversion of carbon dioxide into ethylene. The PEC exploits bandwidth-selected light from a solar collector (FSS) that splits the solar spectrum for electricity and heat generation at efficiency higher than standalone PV modules and standalone solar thermal collectors. Heat is used in an innovative direct air capture (DAC) unit at ultralow temperature (~60°C), fostering the eventual circular integration with heat networks. The DAC unit removes carbon dioxide from the air, concentrates it to 95+% and compresses it to feed the PEC stack and a pipeline for carbon dioxide storage. This allows the carbon footprint of the whole sun-to-chemicals process to be offset and enables gain in carbon credits, opening an opportunity to exceed climate-neutrality and produce carbon-negative C2 products. The process is energetically self-sufficient, economically viable and carbon-negative on the condition that each unit (DAC, PEC, FSS) reach new targets in efficiency. That is exactly the high-risk/high return outcome expected in the project. The research is balanced to overcome technical, early-stage social and market barriers by exploiting the expertise of its 8 partners (SMEs in the renewable technology field, leading EU research institutions and one networking NGO). This project performs all the necessary groundwork for the full deployment of the process before 2050 through activities that build up a new ecosystem of stakeholders, making Europe the first circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy.

Coordinator

COMET GLOBAL INNOVATION, SL
Net EU contribution
€ 451 500,00
Address
C Gran De Gracia Num 1, Planta 4, Puerta 3
08012 Barcelona
Spain

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

LOMARTOV SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 299 250,00
Address
Calle Parroco Miguel Tarin 16 Planta
46035 Valencia

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 399 593,75
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 280 250,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 494 062,50
Address
Placa Victor Siurana 1 1
25003 Lleida

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Region
Este Cataluña Lleida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN INNOVATION MARKETPLACE ASBL
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 149 125,00
Address
Trierstraat 49 Stratenplan Bus 7
1040 Brussels

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (2)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
North Street 66 College Gate
KY16 9AJ St Andrews

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Region
Eastern Scotland Clackmannanshire and Fife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution