European Commission launches Horizon Prize “Fuel from the Sun”

On 12 December the European Commission launched the prize Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis, funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. This prize is one of the six European Innovation Council prizes, which contributes to EU’s efforts to accelerate clean energy transition and fight against climate change.


The Commission will award €5 million to a contestant who will develop the best solution for combining sunlight, water and carbon from the air through artificial photosynthesis that will produce sustainable fuel for industry, housing and transport.  The contestants will have to build a fully functional, experimental prototype device of a fuel production system, integrating the entire artificial photosynthesis process from light capture to fuel production.


The contest is open to individuals, groups, organisations and companies in Europe and internationally. The deadline for applications is 3 February 2021. You can find more information, including the Rules of Contest, on the European Innovation Council website.