UE-funded research - H2020 - Cross-cutting activities - IND
PE8_4 - Computational engineeringPE8_2 - Chemical engineering, technical chemistry
Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni
Large scale deployment of intermittent renewable energy supply and the electrification of the transportation sector critically depend on the availability of low cost, high-performance, environmentally friendly and scalable energy storage. Unlocking technological access and optimization of green energy storage solutions is essential for ensuring and accelerating the transition towards a net-zero CO2 emission European Union by 2050. The further development of sustainable, high-performance battery technologies and materials, therefore, plays a central role in ensuring and accelerating this transition. However, the existing paradigm for battery innovation and development is simply too slow and costly to address the urgency of the massive societal challenges resulting from global warming. These challenges face not only the human race, but Earth’s atmo- and bio-sphere in general, and call for radical and accelerated technological innovation to reduce the global CO2 emission to abide by the goals of the Paris Agreement.
We propose a radical breakthrough by developing economically viable solar fuel production technology, exploiting the surfactant self-assembly & proton transport properties of soap films. Producing renewable solar fuel by Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) is globally recognized as a promising solution to modern energy & environmental crisis with decisive social impacts, but there are critical roadblocks in technology development. SoFiA aims to initiate & consolidate a baseline of feasibility for soap film based AP technology and its future uses by establishing the essential proofs-of principle & foundational scientific underpinnings. We propose the concept of an economic artificial photosynthetic membrane in form of soap film with photo-catalytic functional surfaces, formed at the junction between dis-symmetric soap bubble pairs. Our technology is made scalable by the design concept of a dynamic stream of regenerative soap bubbles capable of handling large volumes of gas, continuously flowing through a light exposed conduit. SoFiA bridges three mutually exclusive disciplines of surfactant science, renewable energy and fundamental science of water at nanoscale, supported by micro-systems engineering, and by actively engaging artists who are working with large soap film installations. The high risk is countered by engaging pioneering scientists and globally leading young researchers in an interdisciplinary research plan. An External Advisory Board composed of program managers from large industry and EU policy experts will guide the research deliverable towards commercial exploitation. Our long-term vision is to decisively alter Europes position in the world economic map as the leading green energy producer. Developed technology will be jointly exploited by European energy and detergent industries, kick-starting new ventures & production facilities. Major environmental impact is expected as SoFiA is devoted to transform the primary greenhouse gas (CO2) into fuel.
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
MICROFLUIDIC CHIPSHOP GMBH
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN