Finland is one of the signatories of the Paris climate agreement and therefore committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2035. The target can be achieved not just by cutting carbon emissions but also by promoting solutions that reduce the volume of carbon compounds in the atmosphere. This calls for sustainable means of carbon capture, storage and utilisation.
Atmospheric carbon compounds can be captured, stored and utilised in the production of chemical products and materials, for example. C1 compounds (CO2, CO, CH4, CH3OH) are potential sources of raw material for the production of fuels, materials and chemicals. One of the most exciting areas of research worldwide at the moment is carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), which involves capturing carbon dioxide from the air or flue gases and either utilising it as is or converting it into raw material for the production of hydrocarbons, for example. The goal is to find solutions that enable CO2 and CH4 emissions, for example, to be utilised in industrial manufacturing in accordance with the principles of green chemistry. Among the most popular topics and areas of research are the theoretical modelling of compounds and reactions, synthetic chemistry and catalysis research, process engineering and systemic studies, industrial ecology as well as biotechnology.
The programme is aimed at making scientific breakthroughs, generating new know-how and boosting Finland’s scientific competence in this field. This requires interdisciplinary research cooperation that incorporates approaches from different fields as well as groundbreaking research. In addition to having a scientific impact, the programme is hoped to significantly slow down the progress of climate change and help Finland to meet its climate targets.
The programme budget is 6 million euros. The Academy of Finland has chosen nine consortia with 18 subprojects to be funded in the C1 Value Academy Programm
C1 Value Academy programme, funding: €6 million, funding period: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2023
Below you find a list of projects funded in the C1 Value Academy Programme. You find more information about the funding decisions in WebFocus.
Formation of CO, CH4 and CH3OH by electrochemical reduction of CO2
Miguel Caro, Aalto University
Renewable Carbon Cycle: Conversion of CO2 to Fuels with Tailored Heterogeneous Catalysts
Karoliina Honkala, University of Jyväskylä
Riikka Puurunen, Aalto University
Physical mechanisms in acetate-activated carbon-capturing concrete (CCC)
Päivö Kinnunen, University of Oulu
A sustainable bioelectrochemical conversion of CO2 and methanol into chemical commodities and their recovery
Marika Kokko, Tampereen University
Ulla Lassi, University of Oulu
MOFs catalyzed direct gas-phase reactions for the conversion of C1 compounds
Anna Lähde, University of Eastern Finland
Kari Rissanen, University of Jyväskylä
Added value for CO2 based chemicals through C-C coupling
Timo Repo, University of Helsinki
Experimental and numerical modelling of temperature-pressure swing adsorption process for direct CO2 capture from the atmosphere and waste airflows
Pekka Simell, VTT OY
Christian Breyer, LUT University
Manu Lahtinen, University of Jyväskylä
ExtremoForm: Extremophile microorganisms as a source of highly productive enzymes for CO2 reduction to formic acid and other C1 fuels and platform chemicals
Silvan Scheller, Aalto University
Malin Bomberg, VTT OY
Jan Deska, Aalto University
Ilkka Tittonen, Aalto University
Steering group (12 Jan 2018 – 31 Dec 2021):
- Reko Leino, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering, Chair
- Kristiina Kruus, Research Council for Biosciences, Health and the Environment (Vice-chair)
- Tanja Kallio, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Petri Pellikka, Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
- Pia Saari, CLIC Innovation
- Mika Aalto, Kemianteollisuus ry.
- Ilmari Absetz, Business Finland
- Saila Seppo, Programme Manager, tel. +358 295 335 109
- Tommi Laitinen, Programme Manager, tel. +358 295 335 057
- Sanna Hytönen, Coordinator, tel. +358 295 335 032
Our email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi.