LICROX team gathered in Munich on November 3-4, for its 5th consortium meeting, which was hosted by TUM (Technical University of Munich). For the first time, all scientific Work Package Leaders could see each other in real life and shared their impressions about the status of the project through fruitful discussions.
The two-day meeting started with a welcome message from Ian Sharp (TUM, WP3 leader), who welcomed all the participants to Munich.
The first day focused on the scientific progress of the project, with updates from WP2, CO2 reduction tandem catalysis and WOC presented by Raffaella Buonsanti, Min Wang (EPFL) and Fernando Salomón (ICIQ); WP3, semiconductors for the photo-anode and cathode presented by Ian Sharp (TUM), Anna Louidice (TUM/EPFL) and Guanda Zhou (TUM). To wrap up the session, WP4 light trapping in the PEC was presented by Jordi Martorell and Catarina Ferreira (ICFO). Just after the meeting, we enjoyed a short visit to the Walter Schottky Institute facilities and Ian Sharp’s labs at TUM. Ending the day enjoying a Bavarian dinner in the nearby town of Garching (Munich).
The second day focused on updates from WP5, Alexandru Morosanu provided the current status of work on the PEC implementation and validation. Niels-Kristian Tjelle and Nana Gerstrøm (DBT) and Laura Villar (ICIQ) presented the work done at WP6: Environmental impacts, social acceptance, dissemination and exploitation and shared their plans for the citizen workshops that planned to take place next Spring 2023. The results of the second iteration of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is part of the WP6, was also presented remotely by 2.-0 LCA Consultants company. Finally, Laura López and Eva Alcázar from ICIQ informed about the status of WP7, Project management.
The session ended with the invaluable participation of two members of the External Advisory Board: Maximilian Fleischer (Siemens Energy) and Carolina Gimbert (UAB, Autonomous University of Barcelona) who were present at the meeting and could share their feedback on the progress of the project, closing the meeting with a final discussion on the coming goals and challenges.
The next consortium meeting will take place in Turin, at Hysytech facilities, next spring 2023.