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European School on Artificial Leaf : Electrodes Devices

Objective

Climate change resulting from accumulation of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the uncertainty in the
amount of recoverable fossil fuel reserves are driving forces for the development of renewable, carbon-neutral energy
technologies. Artificial photosynthesis appears to be an appealing approach for a sustainable energy generation as it
produces “solar fuels” or commodities for chemistry in a stable and storable chemical form, from solar energy, H2O & CO2.
The eSCALED project is a contribution to structure early-stage research training at the European level and strengthen
European innovation capacity to elaborate an artificial leaf. The ESR will be in charge of combining in a unique device a
solar cell and a bioinspired electrochemical stack where H2O oxidation and H+ or CO2 reduction are performed in microreactors.
The novelties in this project are at two levels: (1) Developing sustainable joint doctoral degree structure based on
inter/multidisciplinary aspects of biological/biochemical, condensed, inorganic & soft matter to device engineering and
innovation development. (2) Scientifically using, cheap and easy processes tandem organic solar cells, earth-abundant
materials for water splitting, new generation of catalysts and natural/artificial hydrogenase enzymes for hydrogen production,
formate dehydrogenases for catalytic carbon dioxide reduction, new proton-exchange fluorinated membranes and finally,
electrode micro porosity to mimic the chloroplasts of a plant. The eSCALED collaborative project brings together for the first
time, 12 internationally recognized academic and industrial research groups. The project has an interdisciplinary scientific
approach integrating the latest knowledge on catalysis, photovoltaic and polymer chemistry for self-structuration. Major
outcomes will include breakthroughs in the development of artificial photosynthetic leaf as a photoelectrochemical device,
highly trained researchers & new partners collaborations.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR

Address

Avenue De L'Universite
64000 Pau

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 817 835,20

Participants (11)

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FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA D'INVESTIGACIO QUIMICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 151 477,92

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 297 936,66

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 432 108,33

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 387 011,30

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 449 974,20

UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 285 360

SOLARONIX SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 110 511,15

RIVA GMBH BATTERIES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 124 608,24

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 114 693,92

FUNDACIO EURECAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 296 070,48

COLLEGE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 131 437,80

Partners (4)

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DOLMEN DESIGN AND INNOVATION LIMITED

Université Grenoble Alpes

COMMUNAUTE D UNIVERSITES ET ETABLISSEMENTS UNIVERSITE PARIS-SACLAY

CENTRE EUROPEEN D'EXELENCE EN BIOMIMETISME DE SENLIS

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 765376

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2018

  • End date

    31 March 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 599 025,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 599 025,20

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR

France