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Photosynthetic electron focusing technology for direct efficient biohydrogen production from solar energy

Objective

We propose a disruptive technology based on synthetic biology, we call photosynthetic electron focusing, for the efficient production of hydrogen using low-cost photosynthetic bacteria (cyanobacteria) genetically re-engineered to exclusively direct the solar energy to hydrogen. Through the development of new high-efficiency large-scale photobioreactors we will obtain an unprecedented increase in the energy efficiency up to ten-fold higher than current approaches. Our theoretical estimates for the production costs could be as low as 5€/Kg of H2, making our technology potentially comparable to current photovoltaic coupled to electrolysis. Our bacteria could be adapted and grown in sea water and wastewater. Moreover, it would not require using Critical Raw Materials or toxic processes. Our biological route involves using fermentation-like technologies, with expertise available in many sectors such as the food industry. It will also employ contained bioreactors, constructed with simple fabrication technologies, which are decreasing in cost (e.g. the cost of 3D printing materials is decreasing much faster than the cost of microfabrication). We will validate our engineered cyanobacterium in a custom 1,300 L photobioreactor, which will be able to produce validated innovative green H2 production technology. This proof-of-concept production will be located in a hydrogen industrial stakeholder to ensure the large-scale relevance of our production.

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AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
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€ 1 175 697,50
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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

Participants (5)

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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€ 1 042 500,00
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Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala

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Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
I3S - INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACAO E INOVACAO EM SAUDE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
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€ 618 750,00
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Rua Alfredo Allen 208
4200-135 Porto

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Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
M2M ENGINEERING SAS DI DIANO MARCELLO MARIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 620 500,00
Address
Vico A Diaz 10
81046 Grazzanise

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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
Sud Campania Caserta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,13
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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€ 631 250,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
ALGREEN BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 106 250,00
Address
Bronland 10
6708 WH Wageningen

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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
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00