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Photofuel SIGNED

Biocatalytic solar fuels for sustainable mobility in Europe

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "Photofuel" data sheet

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Organization address
address: BERLINER RING 2
postcode: 38440

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙998˙251 €
 EC max contribution 5˙998˙251 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Make bio-energy more competitive and sustainable)
2. H2020-EU. (New alternative fuels)
 Code Call H2020-LCE-2014-1
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2020-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VOLKSWAGEN AG DE (WOLFSBURG) coordinator 469˙416.00
3    UPPSALA UNIVERSITET SE (UPPSALA) participant 651˙250.00
4    UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD DE (BIELEFELD) participant 631˙500.00
5    IFP Energies nouvelles FR (RUEIL MALMAISON) participant 553˙235.00
8    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE IT (Florence) participant 432˙355.00
9    VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB SE (GOTEBORG) participant 319˙167.00
10    CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA IT (ORBASSANO) participant 307˙375.00
11    NESTE OYJ FI (ESPOO) participant 300˙350.00
12    A4F ALGAFUEL SA PT (LISBOA) participant 205˙036.00


 Project objective

Photofuel studies and advances the biocatalytic production of alternative liquid transportation fuels, which require only sunlight, CO2 and water. Microbial cells directly excrete hydrocarbon and long chain alcohol fuel compounds to the medium from which they are separated, without the need to harvest biomass. This significantly improves the costs and energy balances as only a minimum of nutrients is required for self-replication of the biocatalyst, whilst cell harvesting, drying and lipid extraction is omitted. Such minimum-input systems are compatible with operation on degraded or desert land which avoids the pitfalls of most of the currently available biofuel technologies. The products are drop-in fuels that fully or partially replace their fossil counterparts without the need for new infrastructure. To set a benchmark for alternative solar fuels, three research groups will collaborate in the advancement of the biocatalysts from TRL 3. The best biocatalytic system(s) will be up-scaled and operated outdoors in photobioreactors modified for direct fuel separation at a scale of several cubic meters (TRL 4-5). The identification of optimal future fuel blends with a fossil fuel base and Photofuel biofuels as additives, as well as the analysis of performance and emissions in car or truck engines, will be evaluated by the oil- and automotive-industry partners. The entire pathway will be assessed for environmental and economic performance as well as social acceptance of large scale production in rural communities and by the consumer. All results will be combined to a business development plan, which clearly identifies the opportunities but also the challenges prior to an economic fuel production in compliance to the EC Fuel Quality Directive.


List of deliverables.
Cost analysis Documents, reports 2019-11-25 12:33:19
LCA on the Photofuel processes Documents, reports 2019-11-22 11:53:50
Kick-off meeting- initiation and organisation Other 2019-05-31 12:14:54
Project internal communication platform set up Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:14:56
Project fact sheet for publication Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:14:51
Set-up official Photofuel website under: Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:14:54
Press releases at Kick-off Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-31 12:15:00
LCA design (background to M1) Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:14:53
Generic LCA modelling Documents, reports 2019-05-31 12:19:09
Assessment of risk perception Documents, reports 2019-08-01 13:09:23

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of Photofuel deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Pachara Sattayawat, Ian Sofian Yunus, Patrik R. Jones
Bioderivatization as a concept for renewable production of chemicals that are toxic or poorly soluble in the liquid phase
published pages: 201914069, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1914069117
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2020-01-29
2020 Ian Sofian Yunus, Arianna Palma, Devin L. Trudeau, Dan S. Tawfik, Patrik R. Jones
Methanol-free biosynthesis of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803
published pages: 217-227, ISSN: 1096-7176, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2019.12.001
Metabolic Engineering 57 2020-01-28
2018 Ehecatl Antonio Rio‐Chanona, Jonathan L. Wagner, Haider Ali, Fabio Fiorelli, Dongda Zhang, Klaus Hellgardt
Deep learning‐Based surrogate modeling and optimization for microalgal biofuel production and photobioreactor design
published pages: , ISSN: 0001-1541, DOI: 10.1002/aic.16473
AIChE Journal 2020-01-14
2019 Jonathan L. Wagner, Daniel Lee-Lane, Mark Monaghan, Mahdi Sharifzadeh, Klaus Hellgardt
Recovery of excreted n-butanol from genetically engineered cyanobacteria cultures: Process modelling to quantify energy and economic costs of different separation technologies
published pages: 92-102, ISSN: 2211-9264, DOI: 10.1016/j.algal.2018.11.008
Algal Research 37 2019-12-16
2019 Xufeng Liu, Rui Miao, Pia Lindberg, Peter Lindblad
Modular engineering for efficient photosynthetic biosynthesis of 1-butanol from CO 2 in cyanobacteria
published pages: , ISSN: 1754-5692, DOI: 10.1039/c9ee01214a
Energy & Environmental Science 2019-08-29
2018 Ian Sofian Yunus, Julian Wichmann, Robin Wördenweber, Kyle J. Lauersen, Olaf Kruse, Patrik R. Jones
Synthetic metabolic pathways for photobiological conversion of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuel
published pages: , ISSN: 1096-7176, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2018.08.008
Metabolic Engineering 2019-05-29
2018 Ian Sofian Yunus, Patrik R. Jones
Photosynthesis-dependent biosynthesis of medium chain-length fatty acids and alcohols
published pages: 59-68, ISSN: 1096-7176, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2018.07.015
Metabolic Engineering 49 2019-05-29
2018 Rui Miao, Hao Xie, Peter Lindblad
Enhancement of photosynthetic isobutanol production in engineered cells of Synechocystis PCC 6803
published pages: , ISSN: 1754-6834, DOI: 10.1186/s13068-018-1268-8
Biotechnology for Biofuels 11/1 2019-05-07
2018 Julian Wichmann, Thomas Baier, Eduard Wentnagel, Kyle J. Lauersen, Olaf Kruse
Tailored carbon partitioning for phototrophic production of ( E )-α-bisabolene from the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
published pages: 211-222, ISSN: 1096-7176, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2017.12.010
Metabolic Engineering 45 2019-05-27
2017 Rui Miao, Xufeng Liu, Elias Englund, Pia Lindberg, Peter Lindblad
Isobutanol production in Synechocystis PCC 6803 using heterologous and endogenous alcohol dehydrogenases
published pages: 45-53, ISSN: 2214-0301, DOI: 10.1016/j.meteno.2017.07.003
Metabolic Engineering Communications 5 2019-05-24
2016 Kyle J. Lauersen, Thomas Baier, Julian Wichmann, Robin Wördenweber, Jan H. Mussgnug, Wolfgang Hübner, Thomas Huser, Olaf Kruse
Efficient phototrophic production of a high-value sesquiterpenoid from the eukaryotic microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
published pages: 331-343, ISSN: 1096-7176, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2016.07.013
Metabolic Engineering 38 2019-05-24
2018 Irina Harun, Ehecatl Antonio Del Rio-Chanona, Jonathan L. Wagner, Kyle J. Lauersen, Dongda Zhang, Klaus Hellgardt
Photocatalytic Production of Bisabolene from Green Microalgae Mutant: Process Analysis and Kinetic Modeling
published pages: , ISSN: 0888-5885, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b02509
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2019-05-28
2018 Rui Miao, Hao Xie, Felix Ho, Peter Lindblad
Protein engineering of α-ketoisovalerate decarboxylase for improved isobutanol production in Synechocystis PCC 6803
published pages: , ISSN: 1096-7176, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2018.02.014
Metabolic Engineering 2019-05-28
2018 Thomas Baier, Julian Wichmann, Olaf Kruse, Kyle J Lauersen
Intron-containing algal transgenes mediate efficient recombinant gene expression in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
published pages: , ISSN: 0305-1048, DOI: 10.1093/nar/gky532
Nucleic Acids Research 2019-05-28

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