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October 1, 2019 (Swedish)

Sascha Ott, Eszter Borbas, Leif Hammarström och Jacinto Sá tilldelas 35 miljoner kronor för ett femårigt forskningsprojekt av Knut och Alice Wallenbergs stiftelse.  

"I projektet vill forskarna hitta grönare och mer hållbara sätt att producera organiska föreningar. Om de lyckas väl kan flera tusen ton avfall per år elimineras från kemiindustrin." (från pressreleasen)

Läs mer på Knut och Alice Wallenbergs stiftelses webbplats.

July 26, 2019 (Swedish only)

Gröna bakterier gör bränsle med hjälp av solljus

Hoppet om en framtid för klimatvänliga så kallade solbränslen har ökat efter framsteg i forskning vid Uppsala universitet.

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July 26, 2019

Solar energy becomes biofuel without solar cells. 

Soon we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. CAP-Researchers at Uppsala University have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using carbon dioxide and solar energy, without needing to use solar cells. 

The knowledge and ability to modify cyanobacteria so they can produce a variety of chemicals from carbon dioxide and solar energy is emerging in parallel with advances in technology, synthetic biology, genetically changing them. Through a combination of technical development, systematic methods and the discovery that as more product removed from the cyanobacteria, the more butanol is formed, the study shows the way forward for realising the concept. 

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June 17-18, 2019

The first SUNRISE stakeholder meeting - EU project

CAP is a very active partner of SUNRISE, one of the six preparatory actions addressing major technological and societal challenges in the areas of ICT, health and energy selected by the European Commission in 2018. On June 17-18, SUNRISE had its first stakeholder's workshop in Brussels.

Read about it here

See the official SUNRISE video!

April 3, 2019

Soap Film based Artificial Photosynthesis (SoFiA) - EU project

SoFiA receives funding from the FET OPEN 2018 call within the Horizon 2020 program. Coordinated by Prof. Leif Hammarström from Uppsala University, the interdisciplinary project features 8 partner institutions from 6 different countriesSoFiA aims to build a bench scale demonstrator device that will be able to produce sustainable solar fuels and feedstock for chemical industries using exclusively sunlight, water and CO2.

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March 4, 2019 (Swedish only)

Vätgasbilar spås ha nyckelroll i framtiden

Vätgasfordonet spås ha en nyckelroll för samhället i en hållbar framtid. Men trots att utvecklingen går framåt i många europeiska länder verkar Sverige inte hänga med.

Se på nyhetsinslaget: SVT Nyheter

February 1, 2019

SUNRISE selected for European large-scale research initiative

The SUNRISE project for a coordination and support action (CSA) has been successfully selected by the European Commission as one of the six candidates for a European large-scale research initiative.

Leif Hammarström, professor in Physical Chemistry, will coordinate Uppsala University's part in the project.

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Go to SUNRISE website

November 7, 2018

Researchers capture in-action images of photosynthetic protein complex splitting water

In a new article published in Nature an international research team presents high-resolution images of photosystem II, the protein complex that splits water into hydrogen ions and oxygen during photosynthesis. The images will help researchers better understand this complex mechanism, possibly opening up the door to developing cheap and efficient solar fuel devices. 

"I have been working for 30 years now to understand the mechanism for water oxidation in photosynthesis. This result is a dream come true! These new images will facilitate understanding this complex reaction on a level of detail previously thought impossible", says Johannes Messinger.

Read the whole press release from Uppsala university

Link to the Nature article

October 4, 2018

Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas 

In a new scientific article, researchers in the Swedish Consortium for Artificial Photosynthesis describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. These enzymes can utilize the cell’s own energy, and thereby enable hydrogen gas to be produced from solar energy. 

Read the whole press release from Uppsala university

Link to the article in Energy&Environmental Science


June 27, 2018 (Swedish only)

Fotosyntesforskare intar Uppsala 

Just nu står fotosyntesen i centrum för en stor konferens som anordnas i Uppsala. Och det finns många utmaningar för forskarna att ta itu med. (Från sverigesradio.se)

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Last updated: January 14, 2020