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Promoting Technological Feasibility and Sustainability: the HORIZON Europe DESIRED Project Kicks Off!

On November 9th and 10th, the project DESIRED ‘Direct co-processing of CO2 and water to sustainable multicarbon energy products in novel photocatalytic reactor’ held its physical kick off meeting in Bari, Italy. This 48-month EU-funded Research and Innovation Action funded under the HORIZON Europe programme, officially started on the 1st of November 2022.

Dr. Charalambos Klitis , R&D Technical Project Manager and Dr. Panayiotis Klitou, R&D Project Managers at eBOS, participated in the physical kick-off-meeting, which was chaired by Dr. Angela Dibenedetto representing CIRCC, as the Coordinator of DESIRED. The meeting was attended by the project’s 7 partners and included partners’ presentations of the vision and objectives of the project as well as of an overview of the overall project expectations and guidelines by the European Commission’s project officer. Partners also discussed the project’s work plan, challenges and risks identified and implementation schedules.

DESIRED is a high-risk high-return project, focused on establishing the technological feasibility and sustainability of a novel fuel production system – the DESIRED system – for direct coprocessing of, possibly atmospheric, CO2 and water to produce multi-carbon (C2+) energy-rich products using sunlight as primary energy source. The DESIRED system will produce C2+ solar fuels (without overlooking C1 species such as methanol or methane) by direct coprocessing of CO2 and water using novel and recyclable hybrid photo-electrocatalysts, supported on frustules or zeolites, in an innovative photoreactor design applying, for the first time, oscillatory flow principles, combined with direct light irradiation.

With regards to applications, DESIRED will focus on products, which, by 2050, would be used per se or as intermediates to produce drop-in fuels for sectors where direct shift to batteries or H2 is not a technically and cost-efficient option (e.g., aviation). Knowledge of the economic affordability, environmental benefits, and social acceptability of this approach will be investigated.

DESIRED promotes an interdisciplinary approach to research and innovation undertaken by a consortium of 7 European partners and complemented by cross-cutting activities including modelling, process simulation, sustainability, and techno-economic assessment as well as impactful dissemination, communication, capacity-building and exploitation activities that support the exchange of knowledge across and beyond the consortium and project.

In DESIRED, eBOS will design and develop web-based interactive data visualisation dashboards, adaptable to the needs of the target audiences, graphically representing the environmental, economic, and social outcomes of the project and thus facilitating their wide dissemination.

Moreover, eBOS will manage the risk library, processes and procedures of the project for RM and reporting to be performed by partners, covering both operational risks and the framework-level barriers/ risks. Proactive measures will be taken to mitigate risks. eBOS will also establish and implement QA procedures, focusing on monitoring review activities built into the WPs and submitting quality reports annually. The quality plan, within the Project Management Handbook, specifies the quality procedures, internal and external peer reviews, control, monitoring and reporting activities.

Finally, eBOS as the Dissemination and Communication leader, in close collaboration with the Charles University , which will work across the scientific WPs to identify, develop, and publish agreed D&C materials to the identified target audiences in a timely manner. eBOS will develop, implement, monitor, and update the Plan for Exploitation and Dissemination of Results.

Funded by the European Union under the Grant Agreement no. 101083355. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency. Neither the European Union the granting authority can be held responsible for them.