Background

SUNERGY: Fossil-free fuels and chemicals for a climate-neutral Europe

The SUNERGY Initiative

SUNERGY is an open community advocating for solar fuels and chemicals as the new paradigm for a climate-neutral Europe in 2050. The community consists of a wide-range group of experts from industry, academia and society. SUNERGY aims at becoming a large European Research and Innovation initiative working towards the conversion and storage of renewable energy into fossil-free fuels and chemicals.

The challenge

The European Union is clear to stay on a steady path to climate neutrality through its plan against greenhouse emissions, the ‘Fit for 55’ package, with the EU Green Deal as a blueprint. Unless deep cuts are made in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions, it will be very challenging to reach that goal. Renewable energy based on photovoltaics and wind energy needs to be supplemented with energy carriers to supply fuels to sectors and processes difficult to electrify and to create non-fossil carbon feedstock for the chemical industry. These so-called solar fuels and chemicals are most often analogous to their fossil counterparts and can be incorporated into the existing energy value chains with minimal adjustments to the existing infrastructure. These fuels are based on the transformation of abundant compounds, such as carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen, into synthetic fuels, chemicals and materials by using renewable energy.

The solution

By using energy from renewable sources (sunlight, wind) and abundant molecules (CO2, water, nitrogen), we can produce fuels and chemicals that can contribute to stopping global warming:

– Storage of renewable energy as fuels

– Production of fossil-free base chemicals for industry and agriculture

– Technologies with a negative CO2 footprint

Our Approach

Started under Horizon 2020, SUNRISE and ENERGY-X joined forces under the name SUNERGY. SUNERGY’s goal is to develop a large-scale research and innovation co-funded public private partnership in Horizon Europe.

There is an urge to complement the scope of existing European partnerships and enable the full decoupling of economic growth from the utilization of resources at the local, regional, national and European levels for a sustainable resilient growing economy that leaves no one behind.

While current public-private partnerships focus on improvements on the demand side with limited impact, SUNERGY proposes a pipeline of high impact technologies that boost efficiency on the supply side with light-to-products and fuel conversion from atmospheric CO2 at high yields up to 2500 ton/ha.yr

Thanks to SUNER-C project, entitled “SUNERGY Community and Eco-System for Accelerating the Development of Solar Fuels and Chemicals” (EU-funded CSA), supporters joining the community, will be able to more easily connect to and collaborate with colleagues from around Europe, join interesting events, and contribute to a joint roadmap and supporting strategies. 

Governance Structure

SUNER-C is the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) powered by SUNERGY Community and funded by the EU programme Horizon Europe (Grant Agreement nr. 101058481). SUNER-C is the tool employed by SUNERGY Community to develop and expand the innovation ecosystem for solar fuels and chemicals, uniting science, business, societal and other relevant stakeholders. Therefore, SUNERGY Boards have been adapted for the well functioning of the SUNER-C EU-funded CSA. The Governance Structure includes different Boards to ensure the proper running of the CSA, the continuity of the SUNERGY Community, and the delivery of outcomes to the EU bodies.

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SUNER-C International Advisory Board (IAB)

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SUNER-C Executive Board (EB): Project Coordinators & Work Package (co)-leaders

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SUNER-C General Assembly (GA): Consortium members

SUNERGY Community:

supporters of stakeholders from academia, industry, network organisations, governments, and civil society

Governance Structure

SUNER-C is the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) powered by SUNERGY Community and funded by the EU programme Horizon Europe (Grant Agreement nr. 101058481). SUNER-C is the tool employed by SUNERGY Community to develop and expand the innovation ecosystem for solar fuels and chemicals, uniting science, business, societal and other relevant stakeholders. Different Boards to ensure the proper functioning of the CSA, the continuity of the SUNERGY Community, and the delivery of outcomes to the EU bodies.

SUNER-C International Advisory Board

Philippe Jacques

Philippe Jacques

Managing Director of Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI)

 

Prof. Jens Nørskov

Prof. Jens Nørskov

Professor at the Danish Technical University (DTU)

Prof. Robert Schlögl

Prof. Robert Schlögl

Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

Dr. Martin Roe

Dr. Martin Roe

Scientist at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Dr. Dirk Smit

Dr. Dirk Smit

Vice President Research Strategy and Chief Scientist at Shell

Dr. Fabrice Lemoine

Dr. Fabrice Lemoine

Coordinator "Energies pour le futur" Lorraine University

Prof. James Durrant

Prof. James Durrant

Professor at Imperial College of London

SUNER-C Executive Board

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

Professor at Utrecht University (UU)

SUNER-C Coordinator

Dr. Frédéric Chandezon

Dr. Frédéric Chandezon

European policy officer on large renewable energy programmes at IRIG institute (CEA)

SUNER-C Deputy coordinator and WP7 leader

Prof. Gabriele Centi

Prof. Gabriele Centi

Profesor at University of Messina and President of the European Research Institute of Catalysis (ERIC)

SUNER-C WP2 leader

Prof. Ann Magnuson

Prof. Ann Magnuson

Professor at Uppsala University (UppU)

SUNER-C WP1 (co)leader

Prof. Huub de Groot

Prof. Huub de Groot

Professor at University of Leiden (LU)

SUNER-C WP1 leader

Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne

Professor at Turku University (UT)

SUNER-C WP2 (co)leader

Dr. Han Huynh

Dr. Han Huynh

CCUS Domain Manager at ENGIE

SUNER-C WP3 (co)leader

Prof. Joanna Kargul

Prof. Joanna Kargul

Professor at Warsaw University (WU)

SUNER-C WP3 leader

Prof. Max Fleischer

Prof. Max Fleischer

Chief Key Expert at Siemens

SUNER-C WP4 leader

Dr. Arne Roth

Dr. Arne Roth

Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

SUNER-C WP4 (co)leader

Dr. Célia Sapart

Dr. Célia Sapart

Director Communications and Climate Science at CO2 Value Europe

SUNER-C WP5 leader

Dr. Laura López

Dr. Laura López

Project Manager at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

SUNER-C WP5 (co)lead

Prof. Erik Paredis

Prof. Erik Paredis

Professor at Ghent University (GU)

SUNER-C WP6 leader

Tycho Van Hauwert

Tycho Van Hauwert

Policy Advisor Industrial Transition at BBL

SUNER-C WP6 (co)leader

Elena Guarneri

Elena Guarneri

Policy Officer

SUNER-C WP7 (co)lead

Prof. Massimo Villari

Prof. Massimo Villari

Professor at University of Messina and IT Scientific Responsible at Alma Digit S.R.L.

SUNER-C WP8 (co)leader

Dr. Nathan Coutard

Dr. Nathan Coutard

SUNER-C Project Manager at University of Utrecht (UU)

SUNER-C WP8 leader

SUNER-C Coordination Team

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen

Professor at Utrecht University (UU)

SUNER-C Coordinator

Dr. Frédéric Chandezon

Dr. Frédéric Chandezon

European policy officer on large renewable energy programmes at IRIG institute (CEA)

SUNER-C Deputy coordinator and WP7 leader

Elena Guarneri

Elena Guarneri

Policy Officer

SUNER-C WP7 (co)lead

Dr. Nathan Coutard

Dr. Nathan Coutard

SUNER-C Project Manager at University of Utrecht (UU)

SUNER-C WP8 leader

Lili Chatzikonstantinou

Lili Chatzikonstantinou

Communication & Event Manager at CO2 Value Europe

SUNER-C WP5 leader

Dr. Laura López

Dr. Laura López

Project Manager at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

SUNER-C WP5 (co)lead

Dr. Nathalie Herlin

Dr. Nathalie Herlin

Research Scientist at CEA

SUNER-C Coordination Team

Dr. Marta Ventosa

Dr. Marta Ventosa

Project Manager and Communications Officer at ICIQ

SUNER-C WP5 (co)lead