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Heterogenous Photo(electro)catalysis in Flow using Concentrated Light: modular integrated designs for the production of useful chemicals

Project description

Integrated modular system for producing high-value chemicals

In order to promote a low-carbon future, Europe needs to develop novel multifunctional photo(electro)catalytic materials integrated into practical and scalable reactors to maintain its technological leadership in chemical manufacturing. With this in mind, the EU-funded FlowPhotoChem project aims to develop and model an integrated modular system with improved energy efficiency and negative CO2 emissions. Based on continuous-flow heterogeneous photo(electro)catalytic reactors, the system will produce ethylene and other high-value chemicals using abundant resources such as water, carbon dioxide and light. The project’s work will result in cost-efficient, small-scale systems for intermittent operation that will meet the needs of regions with abundant solar resources and provide them with the possibility for distributed manufacturing. Project website: www.flowphotochem.eu

Objective

"The aim of this project is to develop and model an integrated modular system based on continuous-flow heterogeneous photo(electro)catalytic reactors to produce relevant chemicals such as ethylene in the chemical sector, precursor to ""green plastics"" and many other high-value chemicals using abundant resources such as water, carbon dioxide and light. We aim at delivering cost-efficient small-scale systems for intermittent operation to respond to the needs of rural, isolated territories, and distributed manufacturing. Novel multifunctional photo(electro)catalytic materials integrated into practical and scalable reactors are required in Europe to maintain the technological leadership in chemical manufacturing, while ensuring the deployment of sustainable processes which meet circular economy and green industry for a low-carbon future. FlowPhotoChem will use the expertise of the partners to design, model, construct and validate an integrated modular system with improved energy efficiency and negative CO2 emissions, since concentrated CO2 will be valorised to high-value chemicals. The integrated system will be studied from a life cycle analysis perspective to quantify such effects, and to include a techno-economic study to quantify the cost of the technology and compare with comparable renewable solutions for the production of the same/similar chemicals."

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-ST-IND-2019

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GALWAY
Net EU contribution
€ 759 290,00
Address
UNIVERSITY ROAD
H91 Galway
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Northern and Western West
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 759 290,00

Participants (16)