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Biocatalytic solar fuels for sustainable mobility in Europe

Objective

Photofuel studies and advances the biocatalytic production of alternative liquid transportation fuels, which require only sunlight, CO2 and water. Microbial cells directly excrete hydrocarbon and long chain alcohol fuel compounds to the medium from which they are separated, without the need to harvest biomass. This significantly improves the costs and energy balances as only a minimum of nutrients is required for self-replication of the biocatalyst, whilst cell harvesting, drying and lipid extraction is omitted. Such minimum-input systems are compatible with operation on degraded or desert land which avoids the pitfalls of most of the currently available biofuel technologies. The products are drop-in fuels that fully or partially replace their fossil counterparts without the need for new infrastructure. To set a benchmark for alternative solar fuels, three research groups will collaborate in the advancement of the biocatalysts from TRL 3. The best biocatalytic system(s) will be up-scaled and operated outdoors in photobioreactors modified for direct fuel separation at a scale of several cubic meters (TRL 4-5). The identification of optimal future fuel blends with a fossil fuel base and Photofuel biofuels as additives, as well as the analysis of performance and emissions in car or truck engines, will be evaluated by the oil- and automotive-industry partners. The entire pathway will be assessed for environmental and economic performance as well as social acceptance of large scale production in rural communities and by the consumer. All results will be combined to a business development plan, which clearly identifies the opportunities but also the challenges prior to an economic fuel production in compliance to the EC Fuel Quality Directive.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-LCE-2014-1

Coordinator

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Net EU contribution
€ 461 416,00
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Berliner Ring 2
38440 Wolfsburg
Germany

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Niedersachsen Braunschweig Wolfsburg, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,25

Participants (13)

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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP SERVICES GMBH
Germany
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€ 8 000,00
Address
Major-hirst-strasse 11
38442 Wolfsburg

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Niedersachsen Braunschweig Wolfsburg, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 651 250,00
Address
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
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 631 500,00
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 25
33615 Bielefeld

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Detmold Bielefeld, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
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€ 1 166 363,75
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London

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London Inner London — West Westminster
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
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€ 432 355,00
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Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence

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Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
A4F ALGAFUEL SA
Portugal
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€ 205 036,00
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Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar Campus Do Lumiar Edificio E R/c
1649 038 Lisboa

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

Yes
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Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,25
IFP Energies nouvelles
France
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€ 553 235,00
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Avenue De Bois Preau 1 & 4
92500 Rueil Malmaison

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
NESTE OYJ
Finland
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€ 265 350,00
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Keilaranta 21
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
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NESTE ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS OY
Finland
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€ 35 000,00
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Pobox 310
06101 Porvoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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€ 0,00
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
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€ 521 327,50
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

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Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
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€ 307 375,00
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
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€ 319 167,75
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
SYNCOM FORSCHUNGS- UND ENTWICKLUNGSBERATUNG GMBH
Germany
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€ 440 875,00
Address
Am Steinacker 16
27777 Ganderkesee

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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
Niedersachsen Weser-Ems Oldenburg, Landkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00