Research Grant for Project to Convert Sunlight into Fuel

A research project at the University of Turku on converting sunlight into fuel has secured a major grant from the European Union. The university’s four-year DirectFuel project is getting about 3.7 million euros from the EU.

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The aim of the project is to develop a method of converting solar energy directly into fuel through biological processes.

The project involves nine different cooperative partners in Europe and the United States.

“We are investigating the direct conversion of sunlight and carbon dioxide into fuel that can be used in engines and in industry. The aim is to turn solar energy into propane through biological processes”, says the coordinator of the project, Patrik Jones.

The study is being conducted at the Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry at the University of Turku, and at the Turku Centre for Biotechnology.