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BACterial conversion of CO2 and renewable H2 inTO bioFUELs

Objective

To reduce dependency on fossil fuels and to contribute to growing efforts to decarbonise the transport sector, biofuels provide a way to shift to low-carbon, non-petroleum fuels, with minimal changes to vehicle stock and distribution infrastructure. Whilst improving vehicle efficiency is a key cost-effective way of reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector, biofuels will play a significant role in replacing liquid fossil fuels (particularly for those modes of transport which cannot be electrified).
Production and use of biofuels can provide benefits such as increased energy security, reducing dependency on oil imports and reducing oil price volatility. Biofuels can also support economic development through creating new sources of income.
BAC-TO-FUEL will respond to the global challenge of finding new sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels by developing, integrating and validating a disruptive prototype system at TRL5 which is able to transform CO2/H2 into added-value products in a sustainable and cost-effective way which:
1) mimics the photosynthetic process of plants using novel inorganic photocatalysts which are capable of producing hydrogen in a renewable way from photocatalytic splitting of water in the presence of sunlight
2) uses enhanced bacterial media to convert CO2 and the renewable hydrogen into biofuels (i.e. ethanol and butanol both important fuels for transport) using a novel electro-biocatalytic cell which can handle fluctuations in hydrogen and power supply lending itself to coupling to renewable energy technologies
BAC-TO-FUEL is a multidisciplinary project which brings together leaders in the fields of materials chemistry, computational chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology and bacterial engineering. BAC-TO-FUEL will validate a prototype system at TRL5 which is able to transform CO2/H2 into added-value products in a sustainable and cost-effective way specifically for the European transport sector.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/biofuels
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/bacteriology
  • /engineering and technology/chemical engineering
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-Joint-Actions-3
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 544 912

Participants (5)

NANOGAP SUB-NM-POWDER SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 382 277
Address
Rua Da Xesta Nave 78A2
15895 Ames A Coruna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 290 113
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 592 448
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Activity type
Research Organisations
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 536 291
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 653 878
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments