BAC-TO-FUEL project has been completed with great success and a very good review by the European Commission, which has determined that most of the objectives have been fulfilled and whose impact will be relevant for obtaining future funding for the further technology development.
EU funded BAC-TO-FUEL project “Bacterial conversion of CO 2 and renewable H 2 into biofuels” funded by the European Commission through Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825999 was successfully completed in June 2022 after 3.5 years of development, thanks to the joint work of entities as relevant as Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Lancaster University, Technical University of Berlin, Wageningen University and Research, VITO and NANOGAP.
Project has achieved most of its objectives and milestones for the period with relatively minor deviations. BAC-TO-FUEL has been looking to validate at TRL5 a prototype system for advanced renewable fuel production through biological conversion of CO 2 and renewable hydrogen. It is one of three projects selected under the call LC-SC3-RES-2-2018–Disruptive innovation in clean energy technologies.
The project has achieved most of its objectives at the level of individual process steps; however, not its overall objectives of validating the overall system in a relevant environment, mainly due to the scientific and technological complexity of endeavour. Nevertheless, the consortium has achieved valuable results at the level of different work packages with partly significant potential for innovation and exploitation.
The consortium has published eight peer reviewed publications in open access and disseminated the project results through other means, including the project website, an e-brochure and several social media and 2 patents have been filed to protect projects results and to facilitate future commercialization.
The project has meant for NANOGAP and HYSUN a very significant advance in their technology for H 2 photocatalytic production, with a great improvement both in the technology and the catalyst production scaling up.