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CHARM: From CO2 to Hydrocarbons in A circular bioelectRo- and photo-cheMical system

Project description

Towards more efficient bio-based conversion of biomass to transport fuel

Fossil fuels are energy held in the chemical bonds of formerly living organisms via their carbon 'backbones' and their mainly hydrocarbon (hydrogen and carbon) structures. Harnessing the existing and growing infrastructure for hydrogen and hydrocarbon such as methane (CH4) via the bio-based conversion of biomass is a promising way to transition high-power transport such as shipping and trucking to renewable energy. However, current conversion processes are inefficient and of limited sustainability. The EU-funded CHARM project is developing bio-based processes relying on microbial fermentation, bioelectrochemical synthesis and bio-photocatalysis to produce light-weight hydrocarbons from biomass and CO2. The project's outcomes will contribute significantly towards Europe's goal to rely on more sustainable energy sources.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/organic acids
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/electric vehicles

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 187 572,48