ongoing project

The overall objective of Photofuel is to make a significant contribution to the development of the field of biocatalytic production of solar fuels and to assess the broad impact of this novel approach to fuel composition (also taking into account other emerging waste- and residue based fuels) and engine performance in the future. These activities are carried out as part of a joint industrial and academic consortium that encompasses all central but highly diverse areas of engineering (bio, chemistry, engines, assessment) and social science needed for this challenging task.

Quantifiable core objectives of the Photofuel-project are:

  • Achieve a biocatalytic productivity of >50 mg/l and day
  • Advance the biocatalytic solar fuel production from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to TRL 4 to 5
  • Production of at least 50 l Photofuel in pilot-scale outdoor PBR
  • Preparation of a Photofuel drop-in blend and determination of engine performance concerning EURO 6/WLTP


Coordination Volkswagen AG (VW)
48 months
6 Mio €


Photofuel - Biocatalytic solar fuels for sustainable mobility in Europe, a new European Research and Innovation Project on Fuels from light and CO2 started 1 May 2015.