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04 January 2017

IREC and Repsol develop an artificial photosynthesis program to obtain sustainable solar fuels

Based on different patents, developed jointly between IREC and Repsol, the LUXHOR project has been started. This project will focus on the development of a disruptive electrochemical cell that will be used as a reactor for the direct transformation of solar energy into chemical one. For the electrodes, innovative materials and new structures are used achieving a very high efficiency, comparable to the best one from the photovoltaic field. This new technological route using new materials and catalysts allow the competitive industrial production of hydrogen without carbon footprint as well as the production of different chemical products from CO2 reduction, such as synthesis gas, methanol or formic acid, giving rise to a technology with very high potential for the reduction of CO2 emissions.