Fertilizing the Future

A self-powered, sustainable solution from CO2 and N-compounds


Our aim is to create an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient way of producing fertilizers without using vital resources, and with zero chemical waste and carbon emissions.

Our pioneering technology will:

  • Capture carbon dioxide and nitrogen directly from the air and convert them photoelectrochemically into urea fertilizer.

  • Operate with renewable energy by using a soil fuel cell, capable of generating energy from the micro-organisms present in the roots of plants.

  • Reduce the impact on the environment by converting the resulting nitrates into ammonia or urea through a photocatalytic process powered by sunlight.


CONFETI's consortium encompasses a multidisciplinary team combining experts on materials science and sustainable materials, solar energy, photo-electrocatalysis, electronics, environmental policies, and circular economy, with a leading company in the sector of sustainable energy for precision agriculture and smart cities.


In 2022, the European Innovation Council (EIC) launched the EIC Pathfinder Challenge call "Carbon dioxide and nitrogen management and valorization", which aims at developing novel processes and technologies to capture and convert carbon dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen (N) into useful products.

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CONFETI has partnered with the Mi-Hy, HYDROCOW, ICONIC, ECOMO, SUPERVAL, DAM4CO2 and MINICOR projects to integrate the EIC portfolio on CO2 and N management and valorization. The goal is to identify and accelerate the development of the most promising EU technologies in this field. The resulting technologies will address the challenges of climate change, global warming and water/soil pollution in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

All projects started between 1 September 2023 and 1 January 2024 and will run for up to 60 months with a total approved budget of nearly €29 million.


Gonzalo Guirado López

Project coordinator Autonomous University of Barcelona