|Business||Period||Project Coordinator||Funding Scheme|
|Energy||January 2021 - December 2023||Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO||H2020|
SPOTLIGHT’s key objective is to develop and validate a photonic device and chemical process concept for the sunlight-powered conversion of CO2 and green H2 to the chemical fuel methane (CH4, Sabatier process), and to carbon monoxide (CO, reverse water gas shift process) as starting material for production of the chemical fuel methanol (CH3OH).
Both CH4 and CH3OH are compatible with EU current infrastructure, and suited for multiple applications such as car fuel, energy storage, and starting material for the production of valuable chemicals.
The photonic device will comprise:
Its catalysts will be plasmonic ones, capable of absorbing the entire solar spectrum. The space-time-yield achieved to date with these catalysts in the Sabatier and rWGS process are +104 times higher than for conventional semiconductor catalysts.
This makes the concept technically feasible for scale up without excessive land use, and makes it economically much more attractive because of strongly reduced capital expenditures.
As part of the project consortium, we will:
SPOTLIGHT’s photonic device and process concept are perfectly suited for CO2 sources up to 1 Mt p.a., which makes them complementary to existing large scale CCU processes.
This technology aims to reduce the dependence of the EU on non-EU countries for its energy supply, as the estimated annual CO2 reduction for the EU is maximized to 800 Mt (approx. 18% of the current annual total).
This could generate an amount of CH4 produced in the EU which equals 14.5 EJ (approx. 21% of the EU’s current annual energy use), and representing a value of € 393 bil.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101015960.