LESGO is a FET Proactive H2020 funded project that stands for “Light to Store chemical Energy in reduced Graphene Oxide for electricity generation“.
Hydrogen is being pursued as a promising route to store energy, potentially mitigating the unpredictability of electricity generation based on renewables. LESGO proposes to store energy in the C-H bond of reduced graphene oxide (rGO-H). It can be stored safely, exhibits an energy density more than 100 times larger than that of H2 gas, and can be easily transported wherever the electricity generation is needed. LESGO will demonstrate that rGO-H can become an ideal energy stock at an affordable cost and used to supply electrical power on demand where it is required. In the complete cycle from sun light to electrical power the raw material for storage evolves from graphite back to graphite with no CO2 emissions in any intermediate step.
The kick-off meeting is held online on December the 16th, 2020. LESGO started in November 2020, has a total budget of >4 M€ and will run for 3 years.
The consortium is formed by 10 European partners, including IREC, Graphenea SA and ICFO (coordinator). Two IREC groups (Energy Storage, Harvesting and Catalysis; Solar Energy Materials and Systems) contribute to LESGO specifically on novel technologies for solar energy storage, from solar hydrogen to solar redox flow batteries.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 952068.