Bionic Leaf- CO2 to fuel transformation through hybrid bio and inorganic devices

Call Reference: 
LC-SC3-RES-2-2018
Short description of project idea : 
Renewable energies in general and solar energy in particular, are blamed for having non continuous and in very often irregular generation regimes, that makes it convenient to have means of storing excess energy produced during the day into fuel or batteries that deliver the energy needed during the night. By other side, there is a strong public demand for reducing CO2 from atmosphere in order to control or diminish greenhouse effect responsible of climate change. Photocatalysis based in inorganic materials has demonstrated to be quite efficient in producing both CO and, H2 through CO2 reduction and water splitting processes. Bacteria have been shown extraordinary yields in methane production from waste. A recent paper by Nocera has shown that combining inorganic catalyst materials and bacteria it is possible to achieve efficiencies up to 10% in fuel production
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Main areas of expertise: 
The group has published more than 450 papers in research journals, several books and book chapters in these fields with a remarkable impact in the scientific community. As a result, GAME works accumulate more than 27000 citations and a combined h index of 83. Students and postdocs around the world choose GAME for their stays to learn about the fabrication and measuring techniques (particularly impedance spectroscopy), theory, models and ideas developed by the group During the development of its research the group has established strong relations with many groups leading the research in different areas of the field including BiU (Israel), ETHZ, EPFL (Switzerland), UNILE, WETSUS, TUWag (Netherlands) TUWIEN (Austria), UBATH, UOX, ICL (UK), TUD, JÜLICH, COVESTRO (Germany), INSTM UTorVer, IIT (Italy),etc. and also Spanish groups from UPC, IREC, UPO, UGR, ICIQ, IMDEA, CIDETEC, UA, UElx, ect. These relations include also several companies making research in the field such as Dyesol (Australia, UK), OxfordPV (UK), Saule (Poland), Solaronix and Metroohm-Autolab (Switzerland), •3Gsolar (Israel), Bayer Tec. (Germany), etc.
Main objectives of the project and how will they be achieved: 
Description: 
In this project we propose to use a combination of inorganic and bio materials (microbes and eventually, enzymes) to transform solar energy, water and CO2 into fuels. Main interest is producing liquid fuels like low chain alcohols but without discarding the fabrication of gasses such methane or other components from natural gas.
Partners that have already expressed interest in the project and expected role: 
Title: 
Wetsus
Description: 
Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting know-how development. Wetsus creates a unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. https://www.wetsus.nl/
Profile of partners sought and expected role: 
Title: 
private company
Previous, relevant EU project experience: 
Title: 
Biolectrochemical metal recovery for metal production, recycling and remediation, BiolectroMET
Programme: 
282970 BIOELECTROMET
Title: 
Novel Composite Oxides by Combinatorial Material Synthesis for Next Generation All-Oxide-Photovoltaics (AllOxidePV)
Programme: 
Seventh Framework Programme. Reference 309018
Title: 
PHOCS: Photeogenated hydrogen by organic catalytic systems.
Programme: 
Seventh Framework Programme
Title: 
A-Leaf
Programme: 
H2020 FETPROACT
Title: 
ORION- Ordered inorganic organic Hibrids using ionic liquids for emerging applications
Programme: 
FP7-NMP-LARGE2
Title: 
INTERNEW- INNOVATIVE INTERFACES FOR ENERGY- RELATED APPLICATIONS
Programme: 
FP7-PEOPLE
Specific countries/regions/cities you are keen to collaborate with: 
Open to all
First Name: 
Francisco
Last Name: 
Fabregat
Name of the organisation: 
FUE-UJI
Short description of organisation: 
GAME is one of the research teams at Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) from university Jaume I. It is a multidisciplinary group of Physicist (7), Chemists (6) and Chemical engineers (2) dedicated to the study and development of materials, devices related to energy applications. The main lines of research are: - New photovoltaic technologies: Main focus today is perovskite solar cells, but GAME has a remarkable expertise in dye, quantum dot, polymer and silicon technologies. - Photocatalysis for the production of solar fuel, CO2 reduction and water treatment - Microbial fuel cells. - Batteries (Li ion, Li-air…) - Sensors for water or chemical elements using inorganic materials enzymes, etc. The group combines experimental and theoretical investigations to address these studies from four different levels: (i) the use and preparation of nanomaterials, 2-D and 3-D structures with special properties. (ii) Film and device fabrication at cm2 scale (iii) the investigation of fundamental mechanisms governing the operation of materials and their interfaces (iv) the development of models and tools that describe the electro-optical response of these systems and their properties. More details at www.inam.uji.es

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