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Solar fuels via engineering innovation

  • Project Description

    The aim is to engineer novel photoreactors that can achieve intensified, efficient CO2-to-hydrocarbon (solar fuel) photoreduction and separation of unreacted CO2. Existing processes suffer low productivity due to a lack of appropriate reactor designs able to efficiently introduce light, reactants and a suitable photocatalyst into simultaneous contact, and to effect subsequent product separation and recycling of unreacted CO2. Recent progress focused on novel catalysts development through advances in nanotechnology, but CO2 photoreactor design needs a step-change transformation to reach a higher overall process performance.

    Poroject Lead: Heriot-Watt University

  • Geographical Information

    Region: Europe

    Country: England

  • Project Boundaries

    Timeline Start - End: 2013-08-30 - 2021-03-13

    Project Status: Ongoing

    Project Budget: 1311702.32 €

    Funding source: EPSRC

  • Technological Information


    - Technology Infractructure (CCU)

    - CCU

    CO2 Source: N.A.

    CCU Tecnology Category: Utilization

    Info On Utilization:

    - Photochemical conversion

    - Catalytic conversion

  • Technological Details

    CO2 capture/Utilization:

    Production Volume:

  • Product Information

    Product Categories:

    - Technology infrastructure (Utilization)

    - Fuels

    Specific Product(s):

  • Partners

    - Heriot-Watt University