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Interreg Flanders-Netherlands approved this project. With this new approval, the Flemish-Dutch border region invests a total budget of € 2.927.979,43 in a sustainable future. The project spans from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2022.

the aim of the Lumen project is to show that hydrogen and CO2, in combination with sunlight, can be converted into synthetic gas in a commercially profitable way.

Through the use of smart catalysts and the collaboration with companies Ecosynth and Innosyn, work will first be carried out on a demonstrator on a lab scale. This is followed by a practical test of the developed concept during the production of fine chemicals.

Syngas is widely used in industrial production processes. Electricity is needed for the current production of synthetic gas and syngas. LUMEN tries to produce the gas directly with the help of sunlight and without further intervention of electricity. With this shortened route, the project hopes to be able to contribute to the energy transition. The results of the research can be of interest to industry, in particular to chemical companies and material products. The research is a follow-up step to earlier research that was carried out in the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands project "CO2 for Energy Storage".

Project coordinator:

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO)​


  • IMO-IMOMEC - UHasselt
  • IMEC
  • Zuyd Hogeschool
  • InnoSyn
  • EcoSynth

 Link to Lumen on the Interreg website.

Link to the Lumen website