In LICROX we will fabricate and test a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC), an artificial photosynthesis device, for converting sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon-based molecules.
Technology class: Photo(electro)chemical
Feedstock: sunlight, water and carbon dioxide
Product(s): main target is ethylene
Sustainability criteria: Use of critical raw materials: no; waste or salinated water use: no
Novelty/Unique Selling point:
Use of non-noble metal catalysts, tandem structure consisting of a photoanode, a semi-transparent organic solar cell, and a photocathode
Bottlenecks tackled: Broadband absorption of sunlight to achieve high current densities for an efficient conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon-based molecules containing 1 carbon (C1) or 2 carbons (C2), capable of storing chemical energy
Starting TRL: 2/End TRL: 4
Timeline: 3 years (September 2020-August 2023)
Funding type received: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under the grant agreement No. 951843.