Recently the call for proposal “Conversion of captured CO2” has been published under the H2020 Secure, clean and efficient energy Work Programme. It is part of the focus area “connecting economic and environmental gains – the Circular Economy”, which supports the Commission’s Circular Economy package, prioritising production and consumption.
The scope of the call is to support the development of energy-efficient and economically and environmentally viable CO2 conversion technologies for chemical energy storage or displacement of fossil fuels that allow for upscaling in the short to medium term.
Conversion of captured CO2, using hydrogen made from renewable energy, to produce fuels is not only a means to replace fossil fuels, but also a promising solution for seasonal energy storage. There are still relevant and significant scientific and technological challenges to be able to exploit the CO2 as a chemical and fuel feedstock in a systematic manner, the main challenge is that the chemical utilisation of CO2 is limited by its low energy content, and the conversion process is highly energy intensive.
Proposals have to define achievable targets for energy requirements of the conversion process (including catalytic conversion), production costs and product yields, that will be used to monitor project implementation. Proposals are expected to bring technologies that have reached at least TRL 3-4 to TRL 5-6 (Technological Readiness Level).
In line with the strategy for EU international cooperation in research and innovation, international cooperation is encouraged, in particular with relevant Mission Innovation countries such as China.
A contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 3 to 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.
The deadline for submission is the 6th of September 2018.
Further information are available at the following link.