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Soap Film based Artificial Photosynthesis

Objective

We propose a radical breakthrough by developing economically viable solar fuel production technology, exploiting the surfactant self-assembly & proton transport properties of soap films. Producing renewable solar fuel by Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) is globally recognized as a promising solution to modern energy & environmental crisis with decisive social impacts, but there are critical roadblocks in technology development. SoFiA aims to initiate & consolidate a baseline of feasibility for soap film based AP technology and its future uses by establishing the essential proofs-of principle & foundational scientific underpinnings. We propose the concept of an economic artificial photosynthetic membrane in form of soap film with photo-catalytic functional surfaces, formed at the junction between dis-symmetric soap bubble pairs. Our technology is made scalable by the design concept of a dynamic stream of regenerative soap bubbles capable of handling large volumes of gas, continuously flowing through a light exposed conduit. SoFiA bridges three mutually exclusive disciplines of surfactant science, renewable energy and fundamental science of water at nanoscale, supported by micro-systems engineering, and by actively engaging artists who are working with large soap film installations. The high risk is countered by engaging pioneering scientists and globally leading young researchers in an interdisciplinary research plan. An External Advisory Board composed of program managers from large industry and EU policy experts will guide the research deliverable towards commercial exploitation. Our long-term vision is to decisively alter Europe’s position in the world economic map as the leading green energy producer. Developed technology will be jointly exploited by European energy and detergent industries, kick-starting new ventures & production facilities. Major environmental impact is expected as SoFiA is devoted to transform the primary greenhouse gas (CO2) into fuel.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01

Coordinator

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 700 562,50
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län

Participants (8)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 478 342,50
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 477 500,00
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 465 000,00
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION
France
Net EU contribution
€ 160 000,00
Address
Place De Fontenoy 7
75007 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 291 375,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MICROFLUIDIC CHIPSHOP GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 266 250,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Stockholmer Strasse 20
07747 Jena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECLIS INSTRUMENTS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 366 250,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
22 Chemin Des Pres Secs
69380 Civrieux D'azergues
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UASABI INOVEYSHANS
Bulgaria
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Bul. Tsarigradsko Shose 111B Sofia Tech Park Incubator Building
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 30 000,00
Region
София (столица) Югозападен