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Light assisted solar fuel production by artificial CO2 Reduction and water Oxidation

Project description

Novel photoelectrochemical cell for efficient sunlight to chemical energy conversion

Photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) that mimic photosynthesis are direct systems for converting sunlight to stored chemical energy and don’t involve unnecessary steps, such as converting sunlight to electricity. Despite their potential, current PECs are very inefficient in absorbing sunlight and mostly incorporate non-abundant or highly toxic elements. To address this problem, the EU-funded LICROX project aims to implement a new PEC that incorporates three complementary light-absorbing elements driving water oxidation and CO2 reduction. The latter consists of a tandem assembly that combines copper nanocatalysts with molecular catalysts made of only abundant elements. The best-in-class compounds will be used for validating several light-trapping mechanisms to enhance PEC's light-harvesting efficiency. The project will pave the way for a new scalable renewable energy technology that efficiently converts sunlight to stored chemical energy.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-FETPROACT-2019
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA D'INVESTIGACIO QUIMICA
Address
Avenida Paissos Catalans 16
43007 Tarragona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 631 937,50

Participants (6)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 474 375
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 475 440
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 512 787,50
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Research Organisations
AVANTAMA AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 430 625
Address
Laubisruetistrasse 50
8712 Staefa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FONDEN TEKNOLOGIRADET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 359 687,50
Address
Arnold Nielsens Boulevard 68 E
2650 Hvidovre
Activity type
Research Organisations
HYSYTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 314 750
Address
Strada Del Drosso 33 18
10135 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)