Engineering Biocatalytic Solar Fuel Production: The PHOTOFUEL Consortium
Julian Wichmann1, Kyle J. Lauersen1, Natascia Biondi2, Magnus Christensen3, Tiago Guerra4, Klaus Hellgardt5, Simon Kühner6, Markku Kuronen7, Pia Lindberg8, Christine Rösch9, Ian S. Yunus10, Patrik Jones10, Peter Lindblad8, Olaf Kruse1
Bielefeld University, Faculty of Biology, Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), Universitätsstrasse 27, 33615, Bielefeld, Germany.
The EU Horizon2020 consortium PHOTOFUEL joined academic and industrial partners from biology, chemistry, engineering, engine design, and lifecycle assessment, making tremendous progress towards engine-ready fuels from CO2 via engineered photosynthetic microbes. Technical, environmental, economic, and societal opportunities and challenges were explored to frame future technology realization at scale.
Keywords: fuels, photo-biomanufacturing, engine tests, lifecycle assessment, techno-economic analysis.