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Electrification of the chemical industry

With more solar and wind energy being produced, sustainable electricity supply in North West Europe is constantly increasing. This can offer great opportunities for the chemical industry! The supply of sustainable energy can bring reductions in energy costs, but it can also offer numerous opportunities to develop new, high value products.

Applied knowledge institutes TNO and ECN, industrial and academic partners have initiated an ambitious open innovation research program 'VoltaChem' focusing on the use of sustainable electricity in the chemical industry.

The program aims to initiate and facilitate collaborative development of technology and relevant business models with relevant partners to help move innovation faster towards commercial implementation. The program addresses both the indirect and direct use of electricity within the chemical industry, and works from a systemic point of view.

The activities span across four program lines:

  • Power-2-heat: use of electricity to generate or upgrade heat.
  • Power-2-hydrogen: use of electricity for direct chemical transformations via hydrogen.
  • Power-2-chemicals: use of electricity for direct chemical transformations via direct electro-conversion.
  • Integration: build a community with the relevant players and stakeholders to develop a roadmap and system approach for the optimal integration of the electricity market and chemical industry.

The program aims to work closely with industry on:

  • Developing business-cases for electrification in the short- and long-term.
  • Performing collaborative applied R&D to address the challenges.
  • Bringing technologies into industrial practice by pilot/demo activities.
  • Spark larger shared innovation activities, together with academia.

How to participate

There are four ways to participate in this program:

1. Community participation: Exclusive discussion group, roadmap updates, high-level results.
2. Shared R&D project: Pre-competitive R&D within collaborative program with a duration
     of 2-3 years; Participants get non-exclusive rights to the results and can influence the scope
     of the project along the way.
3. Sponsored project: Pre-competitive linear development; small projects with predefined
4. Commissioned project: Exclusive bilateral project with pre-defined scope/time/ budget.

More information

Do you want to find out more about this Shared Innovation Program and how your company can participate and benefit? Please contact us! We are more than happy to discuss your interests / needs and find out how we can work together!

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Martijn de Graaff MSc

  • chemical
  • formulation
  • separation
  • process
  • modular


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