Towards a fossil free economy to be part of the sustainable energy transition

 Photosint develops sustainable processes to produce hydrogen and methanol as energy vectors, using only sunlight, wastewater and C02. 

Photosint aims to develop a breakthrough technology to produce valuable fuels and integrate them into chemical industry energy demands. For that purpose, devices based on the artificial photosynthesis concept will be developed to produce methanol and hydrogen with integration of local resources from industry. In this sense, the waste streams and C02 generated from industry are the main feed to the production process, being part of the fossil free economy transition and supporting climate protection based on the EU goals

The core technologies will be scaled up from Technology Readiness Levels 2 and 3 up to 4 and 5.

Decarbonizing the future of the heavy industry

Key Challenges

Four pipes in a row emitting white smoke.

Photosint project presents solutions to the challenges chemical industries are facing in integrating renewable energy sources into their processes to reach net zero emission goal set by the European Union. Some of the hurdles to overcome include:

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The integration of renewable energies technology in energy-intensive industries that require continuous operation.

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The use of local feedstocks for a circular economy approach.

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An efficient conversion rate of sunlight energy to power the industry high energy demands.

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The need of storable technologies for renewable and green energy production.

Key project info

Calendar
48
Months
Euro
5
Millions €
Globe
8
Countries
People
14
Partners

Policy Framework for renewable fuels sector

Renewable energies, key to produce green hydrogen and methanol to achieve Europe’s Green Deal by 2050 Net Zero emissions.

The project aligns with European Green Deal objectives, Paris Agreement targets, and the EU 2030 Climate & Energy Framework, focusing on innovative solar power integration and green fuels production with zero GHG emissions.
Renewable sources of energy are alternatives to fossil fuels that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As explained by the European Commission, renewable sources diversify energy supply and reduce the dependence on unreliable and volatile fossil fuel markets.

The Green Deal and other European directives, has established countries targets to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. With a significant reliance on energy imports, this project aspires to facilitate Europe's shift to climate neutrality, promoting greater independence in fuel and chemicals supplies at local levels, while prioritizing renewable sources and environmental preservation.

EU Headquarters in Brussels

Project Workpackages

Project Progress
15%
WP1

Fine definition of electrodes material and catalyst devices

Leader: ICIQ – CERCA
Month: M7

29%
WP2

PEC cell system configuration & prototype Development

Leader: RDM
Month: M7

12%
WP3

Pilot design and testing activities under industrial environment…

Leader: STE
Month: M5

0%
WP4

Process modelling & MDO optimisation

Leader: IDE
Month: M7

2%
WP5

Technology implementation into industry and products integration…

Leader: HYSY
Month: M7

2%
WP6

Full assessment sustainability: LCA, LCCA and SLCA

Leader: CSM
Month: M5

0%
WP7

Communication, dissemination and exploitation

Leader: KNEIA
Month: M7

15%
W8

Project management and coordination

Leader: IDE
Month: M7

15%