CO2 utilization by formate dehydrogenase biocatalyst in a PhotoElectrochemical Cell (CO2BioPEC) (completed)

The CO2BioPEC project aims at demonstrating a bio-hybrid photoelectrochemical cell, in which solar energy is efficiently captured and at the same time, CO2 is converted to energy-rich compounds in the presence of formate dehydrogenase enzymes as biocatalyst.

About the project

CO2 capturing and direct conversion to energy-rich compounds is a process which will help remediate the disastrous effects of the irrational use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. This project represents an interdisciplinary approach, which contributes to the development of a CO2 emission-free technology as well as a CO2-recycle one, with the development of a bio-hybrid photoelectrochemical cell (PEC).

At first, this system will be optimized in aqueous electrolytes and then integrated to an all-solid-state one by applying these electrodes to polymer or ceramic solid state proton conductors. This modification serves as a starting point for simple robust PEC cells for CO2 conversion based on green chemistry.The project is collaboration between Oslo University Hospital, the University of Oslo, and SINTEF. It runs for 3.5 years.


The project is funded by Research Council of Norway, other support under NANO2021 program, project number 250261

Published Aug. 12, 2016 6:34 PM - Last modified Aug. 2, 2021 1:56 PM


Project leader:

Professor Truls Norby

+47 22840654

Administrative Officer:

Xuemei Cui

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NO-0349 Oslo
Phone: +47 22840664