The European Project SUNRISE, ‘Solar energy for a circular economy’, has been selected as one of the six Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) within the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. Funded with 1 million euros, it will set the base for a large scale European research project. SUNRISE aims to develop technologies to convert and store solar energy in order to provide a sustainable alternative for the fossil-based, energy-intensive production of fuels and chemicals.