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CO2 Value Europe is a proud member of the SUNER-C consortium by co-leading its communication and dissemination activities and contributing to the further development of the SUNERGY initiative which is an open community of a wide-range group of experts from industry, academia, and society advocating for solar fuels and chemicals as the new paradigm for a climate-neutral Europe in 2050.

On 10-11 October 2023, the SUNER-C project held in Brussels its Yearly General Assembly followed by a Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop and its 3rd Consortium Meeting. In total, the events brought together around 80 participants from industry, research, government, and civil society. During these two days, the attendees had the opportunity to network and discuss the progress of the project as well as plan future actions.

On the first day, the General Assembly started with an opening session by SUNER-C coordinators Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University) and Dr. Frédéric Chandezon (CEA). This session provided an overview of the SUNERGY initiative and the SUNER-C project, as well as its progress to date.

The General Assembly continued with a series of talks on making solar fuel technologies a reality. The speeches covered current works being carried out within the SUNER-C project such as the development of the vision and roadmap. Carina Faber (European Innovation Council) presented opportunities to support solar fuels research and innovation from this flagship innovation programme.

The following presentations focused on policy aspects and showcased connections with Mission Innovation initiatives. Bill Tumas (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) explained the “Sunlight-to-X” advances and common actions with SUNER-C.

The last session consisted of an overview of SUNER-C’s achievements and future plans beyond the end of the project. The General Assembly ended up with an open discussion including an intersectoral panel and interaction with the audience.

The second day began with the Stakeholder Dialogue Workshop that address socio-technical and cross-cutting aspects. This session was designed to create a dialogue between representatives from Industry, Academia, EU policy and key societal stakeholders. The goal was to better understand the needs and concerns of these stakeholders, so that their interests can be reflected in the development of solar fuel technologies.

The 2-days event was finished with the 3rd SUNER-C Consortium Meeting which gathered together the CSA partners to discuss coming deliverables, now that the project is approaching its mid-term.

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