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HyMAP is the acronym for Hybrid Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis, the title of the ERC Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr. V. A. de la Peña O’Shea in the 2014 call. The challenging process of Artificial Photosynthesis is based on the use of solar light to convert CO2 and water into energy-useful compounds like CO, methane, methanol and hydrogen – just as green plants do, but replacing the sugars they produce by those simpler compounds. HyMAP aims at developing a new generation of hybrid organo-inorganic materials that are able to efficiently promote, by photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical reactions, the chemical transformations ecompassed in artificial photosynthetic processes. In order to reach this goal, the HyMAP team investigates materials and processes and different scales – from nanoscaled catalysts to pilot-plant reactors.

Photoactivated Processes Unit, IMDEA Energy

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2019-05-10

London to have world-first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses

London will have the world’s first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses on its streets next year, as the capital steps up attempts to tackle its polluted air. Transport for London (TfL) has ordered 20 of the buses, which cost around £500,000 each and only emit water as exhaust. As well as cutting polluting exhaust emissions, the buses will run on green hydrogen produced via North Kent offshore wind farms, according to TfL. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, said: “We all have a role to play in cleaning up London’s toxic air and I’ve always said that TfL should lead from the front. We are investing a record £85m in cleaning up our bus fleet, and I am proud that London now has the largest zero-emission bus fleet in Europe.” The buses can be refuelled far more quickly than conventional battery-electric buses can be recharged, requiring only one five-minute refill a day. They also have a longer range than battery buses and can be used on more routes.


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The HyMAP project is developed by the researchers of the Photoactivated Processes Unit at the IMDEA Energy Institute. The Photoactivated Processes Unit started its activities in January 2016. The main objective of the Unit is to develop of multifunctional materials, reactors and devices able to efficiently harvest light to drive photon-activated processes for energy and environmental application. In addition is also oriented to the deep understanding light-Material Interactions and its effect in the performance.

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