The European Project SUN-to-LIQUID (“Integrated solar-thermochemical synthesis of liquid hydrocarbon fuels”) has been covered in the programme “Vuelos insostenibles” ("Unsustainable Flights”) broadcasted on the Spanish TVE1 channel within the program “Informe Semanal” on Saturday 30 Nov.
SUN-to-LIQUID proposes to cover future fuel consumption as it establishes a radically different non-biomass non-fossil path to synthesize renewable liquid hydrocarbon fuels from abundant feedstocks of H2O, CO2 and solar energy. Concentrated solar radiation drives a thermochemical redox cycle, which inherently operates at high temperatures and utilizes the full solar spectrum. Thereby, it provides a thermodynamically favorable path to solar fuel production with high energy conversion efficiency and, consequently, economic competitiveness.
This EU-funded Project aims at advancing on solar fuels synthesis well beyond the state of the art and to guide the further scale-up towards a reliable basis for competitive industrial exploitation. Large-scale solar fuel production is expected to have a major impact on a sustainable future transportation sector.
SUN-to-LIQUID testing was conducted in the experimental facilities, which were shown in the TV programme, at IMDEA Energy Institute. The programme also contains comments from IMDEA Energy researchers involved in the EU project.
More information: Manuel Romero, Deputy director and principal researcher of SUN-to-LIQUID project at IMDEA Energy, firstname.lastname@example.org
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654408.
The activities performed by the partner ETH Zürich have been supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract No 150330.