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Solar up-draft tower to enable atmospheric photocatalysis for non-CO2 greenhouse gases removal: an emerging negative emission technology

Objective

STEPforGGR is a research and training focused initiative consisting of world-leading institutions in the multidisciplinary and intersectoral subject areas of physics, chemistry, engineering and manufacturing. The overarching purpose is to promote a novel greenhouse gas removal technology: removal of non-CO2 greenhouse gases utilising large-scale atmospheric photocatalysis enabled by solar up-draft towers. The objective is to collaboratively evaluate the feasibility of this new but entirely untested negative emission technology and build up a foundation for climate policy debate and practical application tackling climate change at the global scale. Through comprehensive and complementary expertise and the robust network among theoreticians, experimentalists and manufacturers, STEPforGGR will identify bottle necks (rate limiting steps, work package 1 (WP1)) and provide solutions for optimization of the complex process through modelling and experiments (WPs2&3), as well as estimate the scalability (WP4) and sustainability (WP5) of the truly pioneering greenhouse gas removal technology at the climatically relevant scale. STEPforGGR will produce multiple avenues for career development, cross-sectorial experience, and academic training in a multi-cultural, interdisciplinary and intersectoral environment formed by a consortium of six world-leading research organizations and one industrial partner.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

ASTON UNIVERSITY
Address
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 207 000

Participants (3)

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 32 200
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 23 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
PILKINGTON TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 13 800
Address
Abacus Building, 8 High Street
PA34 4BG Oban Argyl
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (2)

Wuhan University of Technology
China
Address
Luoshi Road 122
430070 Wuhan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NANJING UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
China
Address
Xinmofan Road 5
Nanjing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments