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Light to Store chemical Energy in reduced Graphene Oxide for electricity generation

Objective

Hydrogen is being pursued as a promising route to store energy, potentially mitigating the unpredictability of electricity generation based on renewables. Provided that more than 95% of H2 produced comes from breaking the C-H bond in hydrocarbons, it is natural to think that storing H bound to C may provide a long-term solution to this challenge. However, liquid hydrocarbons are not an optimal solution given that the process of extracting H from them involves CO2 emissions. LESGO proposes to store energy in the C-H bond of reduced graphene oxide (rGO-H). rGO-H can be stored safely, exhibits an energy density more than 100 times larger than that of H2 gas, and can be easily transported wherever the electricity generation is needed. LESGO will demonstrate that rGO-H can become an ideal energy stock at an affordable cost and used to supply electrical power on demand where it is required. In the complete cycle from sun light to electrical power the raw material for storage evolves from graphite back to graphite with no CO2 emissions in any intermediate step. LESGO’s consortium has been structured to bring together a highly interdisciplinary community that will enable the emergence of an ecosystem around a circular economy relying on the use of: widely available raw materials, storing energy in chemical bonds, using it in applications that require electrical power, and finally recovering the materials for a second or multiple lives. Industrial (GRAPHENEA, HST, GENCELL and CRF), academic (UDE and AALTO) or research center (IREC and ICFO) activities are completely interwoven throughout the entire implementation of LESGO. Within the duration of LESGO, CRF will develop an application in the transport sector where rGO-H will be tested as the fuel in a support battery providing a fast charging for current electric vehicles. When looking ahead beyond the consortium, DBT will foster the engagement of a wider stakeholder/public community to consolidate the ecosystem around rGO-H.

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-FETPROACT-2019
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 706 607,50

Participants (9)

GRAPHENEA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 355 750
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi 83
20009 San Sebastian Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 365 956,25
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 421 552,50
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 554 425
Address
C/ Jardins De Les Dones De Negre 1
08930 Sant Adria De Besos
Activity type
Research Organisations
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 506 500
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 319 385
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
GENCELL LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 355 625
Address
7 Hatnufa
4951025 Petah Tikva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 500
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDEN TEKNOLOGIRADET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 357 187,50
Address
Arnold Nielsens Boulevard 68 E
2650 Hvidovre
Activity type
Research Organisations