SunCoChem takes part in the summer school “CO2oling the Earth II Summer School”
The SunCoChem project has been presented in a session held within the webinar series “CO2oling the Earth Summer School II: Focus on BIO-CCU”, of the BIOCON-CO2 project Summer School, celebrated last 29th September – 1st October.
During the session “CCUS researchers knowledge exchange”, Simelys Hernández from Politecnico di Torino, presented SunCoChem project under the title “CO2 capture and valorisation by (photo)electrocatalytic”.
Hernández presented SunCoChem as a key European project addressing the need of the European Chemical Industry to reduce their dependence on carbon feedstock by producing highly competitive and integrated solutions.
The presentation talked about the main challenges of the European Chemical Industry; the research and development efforts needed for the transition towards a low CO2 emission industry; the potential of renewable energy sources and the technology for the photo/electrochemical CO2 reduction, which is at the basis of the SunCoChem project concept.
SunCoChem offers an efficient system exploiting solar energy for producing high-value chemicals from CO2 and other industrial wastes into a circular economy approach. However, this a very challenging project that thanks to the support of the EU Commission (budget of 6,7 M€) and 14 partners from 8 different EU countries will develop a new Tandem Photoelectrochemical Device integrating CO2 capture and conversion to oxo-products (i.e. Glycolic acid, valeraldehyde and Limoxal).
Therefore, in a circular economy approach, these chemicals will be produced from wastes and renewable energy sources to be used as substitutes of fossil fuel feedstocks for production of textiles, polymers, flavouring agents, fragrances and other daily useful products.
The “CO2oling the Earth Summer School II: Focus on BIO-CCU” was the 2nd edition of an open and multidisciplinary event yearly organized by a community which has brought together CCUS stakeholders to share knowledge and learn from each other. This year the webinar series have been organised by the Laboratory of Steam Boilers and Thermal Plants of the National Technical University of Athens and the BIOCON-CO2 project.