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In today’s ever-changing world, where sustainability and resource conservation are of utmost importance, finding innovative solutions to tackle environmental challenges has become essential. We aim at converting seawater bicarbonates and nitrates into widely used chemicals for agriculture, such as urea, and other carbon and nitrogen valuable feedstocks. By exploring new electrochemical reactions, we will develop an integrated and scalable prototype.

Discovery of new materials based on non-critical elements

We will design catalysts based on non-critical raw materials and we will explore new reaction mechanisms for nitrate and carbonate activation and coupling, to sustainably produce urea and high-value chemicals.

Direct co-electrolysis of CO2 and NOx from seawater

We want to achieve direct co-electrolysis of CO2 and nitrates from seawater, a process that has never been reported to date. Moreover, it will be implemented on-site and powered by renewable energy sources.

Scalable lab-prototype demonstration

We will deploy advanced computational models and precise assemblies of high-performance electrodes, demonstrating a scalable lab prototype suitable for the integrated remediation of polluted seawater into urea.



Ocean restoration and capture & use of CO2​

Reduce and recycle the nitrogen losses & C – N integrated management


Work packages

Assess the resting state of catalytic materials, investigate the electroreduction of carbonates and nitrates, their interaction and the carbon-nitrogen coupling and design cost-effective rational catalysts through machine learning models.

Synthesis of the non-critical raw materials selected in WP1 and perform the catalyst characterization, assessing their mechanisms and performance.

Translate the previous findings into reactor-level systems, identifying the most promising device architecture for each reaction.

Assessment of the individual role of each constituent of real seawater streams and their interplay, optimize and characterize the performance of the devices and choose the optimum catalyst, electrode and membrane composition. To carry out a full techno-economic and life-cycle assessment of the devices.

Communication of the project results to different targeted audiences, raising awareness about its achievements and impact on society, and managing the IP by creating a baseline exploitation plan for each target market.

Monitoring the project progress and the financial and administrative compliance, ensuring communication inside the consortium and fair data management and open access.

Design a shared roadmap of technology competitiveness with other projects funded in the same call, enhance the commercialization and exploitation potential and build synergies with different stakeholders, from collaborations with early-stage private and corporate investors to contributions to the regulatory framework.



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