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Distributed production of green solvents by a photoelectrocatalytic device
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UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)
This innovation contributes to the following SDG(s)
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

The UN explains: "Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential.

Transitioning the global economy towards clean and sustainable sources of energy is one of our greatest challenges in the coming decades. Sustainable energy is an opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet."

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

The UN explains: "Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure."

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The UN explains: "Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

The EU-funded Research Project
This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project DECADE with an end date of 30/04/2024
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Description of Project DECADE
DECADE project proposes a new photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) approach for the conversion of CO2 avoiding water oxidation as anodic reaction to overcome the current limits in PEC system and to maximize effective energy utilization. Novel PEC technology will be developed up to TRL 5 (prototype testing under environmental relevant conditions) using alcohols and waste CO2 as feed. Different applications are investigated: green refinery, distributed green solvent production and use to lower carbon footprint in methanol plant. In the main application, bioethanol and waste CO2 are used to produce a mixture of ethyl acetate (EA) and ethyl formate (EF) in ethanol, to be used as drop-in green solvent or as octane booster fuel component. The net impact is to produce valuable added-value products through an energy-efficient PEC device, to lower the carbon footprint by using waste CO2 and introducing renewable energy in the production chain. DECADE project will develop the PEC concept and validate at prototype unit for distributed production (productivity > 1 g/h of EA and > 1A current density per single 10x10 cm module). Optimization and engineering of electrode/materials and of the PEC design is driven by techno-economic, LCA, market & social assessments. There are several elements of innovation in the proposed DECADE approach, based on the identification of the critical issues in the current PEC design. The project is organized around three main areas: i) advances in materials and technology, with a series of novel concepts and materials proposed (TRL 3 -> 4), ii) upscaling and prototype design & manufacture (TRL 4 -> 5), focused at improving performances, stability and reduce costs, and iii) process validation by using the prototype (TRL 5). Consortium partnership has a strong industrial character, but comprises top level scientists in the area and international collaboration with Japan to allow the best possible benchmarking for the novel approach developed.

Innnovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 25/10/2021.
The unique id of this innovation in the European Commission's IT systems is: 103290