Electrification of the Chemical Industry

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18-10-2017

Innovation mission to Germany on the electrification of industry and Power-to-X

In September 2017, 75 Dutch, German and Flemish experts from the chemical and energy sector convened in Neuss in Germany to discuss the integration of renewable electricity in the chemical sector. Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem co-organised this innovation mission, that led to a lot of enthousiasm for international collaboration.

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25-05-2017

Indicative GHG-balance for formic acid as a hydrogen carrier in transport

One of the first outcomes of VoltaChem's Power to Formic Acid project is a study by CE Delft. In order to assess the sustainability merits of the application of formic acid in transport, this brief report describes an indicative greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint analysis, focussing on the GHG-emissions of the production and application life cycles.

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11-05-2017

H2FUTURE project: use of renewable energy resources to produce hydrogen

VoltaChem co-initiator ECN is partner in the H2FUTURE project. This project will provide valuable insights in the field of using renewable energy resources to produce hydrogen. At the steel factory of Voestalpine in the Austrian city of Linz, one of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge electrolysis installation will arise. Siemens' Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysis device, with a power consumption of 6 MW, will use renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen.

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09-05-2017

Driving on CO2: VoltaChem scales up sustainable production of formic acid

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is best known for its contribution to global warming. Less known is that it can also function as a resource for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. For the next two years six partners in a consortium of Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem will collaborate in a project that aims to convert CO2 with the aid of sustainably produced electricity into large amounts of formic acid. This can be used as a fuel, as conserving agent in animal feed, to store energy and as a chemical building block. The result: lower production costs, lower CO2 emissions and a contribution to the sustainable energy system of the future. Please watch our animation video!

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02-05-2017

VoltaChem demonstrates continuous electrochemical FDCA production

Electrochemical oxidation towards high-value chemical products is one of the most interesting and promising applications of electrosynthesis on short term. Researchers from Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem have recently demonstrated a full continuous process for the conversion of biobased Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to FDCA, a key intermediate for bioplastics. With the results in hand, the next step can be made towards optimization and pilot scale production.

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01-05-2017

VoltaChem welcomes Uniper as community member

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem is pleased to welcome Uniper as a member to its community in the field of industrial electrification. ‎Muhammad Zubair, Project Manager Business Development at Uniper explains why the company decided to join.

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28-04-2017

Please check VoltaChem’s current calls for participation, running projects and lab facilities

To give you an impression of what VoltaChem is currently working and what activities can be expected, we made an overview of our current calls for participation, running projects and a selection of our lab facilities.

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21-03-2017

Power to Ammonia: From renewable energy to CO2-free ammonia as chemical feedstock and fuel

The Power to Ammonia (P2A) project has recently successfully concluded a feasibility study into the storage of renewable energy in ammonia (NH3) for three business cases. ECN, on behalf of Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem is one of the participants of this ISPT initiative with ten parties of the energy and chemistry sector.

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09-03-2017

VoltaChem’s Community initiates new projects

With its additional community members and public and private funding, VoltaChem’s Community will intensify its activities in the field of market and technology assessments. For 2017 multiple projects will be initiated focusing on the context of industrial electrification on a regional, national and international level.

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09-03-2017

Three calls for participation: Power-2-Chemicals

To accelerate implementation of industrial electrification technologies Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem calls for participation in three projects in the Power-2-Chemicals program-line: power to fuels and platform chemicals from CO2, electro-organic synthesis scouting projects and paired electro-organic synthesis of high-value (bio)chemicals.

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08-03-2017

VoltaChem is looking for high-tech component suppliers for superior electrolysers

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem is looking for companies that have technologies in house which can improve the lifetime of electrolyser components. With an electrolyser, it is possible to make hydrogen out of water through the use of electricity. The demand for hydrogen is expected to increase strongly in the coming years, not only from the transportation sector, but also from the chemical industry. Thus, there is a need to work together on developing an electrolyser which is competitive in the market. VoltaChem’s Power-2-Hydrogen experts, Arend de Groot explains which concrete opportunities exist for the Dutch high-tech manufacturing industry.

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08-03-2017

VoltaChem welcomes Solvay and Port of Rotterdam as community members

Recently, Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem has welcomed two new members to its community: Solvay and Port of Rotterdam. Furthermore SmartPort, TU Delft, Mestverwerking Friesland, CE Delft and Team Fast joined VoltaChem as associate members with their involvement in the Power to Formic Acid project. With this entry of new community members, VoltaChem feels a growing support for its objective to accelerate the energy transition towards a competitive and sustainable chemical industry.

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08-03-2017

VoltaChem energized for further growth: results & upcoming projects

Since 2015 VoltaChem has grown into a Shared Innovation Program consisting of more than 15 running projects, having a total size of around 4 million euro per year, and involving a large industrial and academic partner network. With this, a good start has been made to implement the industrial electrification roadmap that has been defined together with stakeholders from chemical, electricity and equipment sectors. Energized by this success, VoltaChem will further grow and enhance its impact in 2017 by developing regional activities in the large industrial clusters and by initiating international collaborations in North Western Europe focusing on conversion of power to fuels, plastics and fertilizers. Our aim: accelerating implementation of industrial electrification technologies to further support the industry to contribute to the energy transition and international climate goals.

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08-03-2017

Comprehensive overview of all currently available heat pumps

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem has put together a comprehensive list with all currently available heat pumps and their characteristics. "This list provides our community members that have an interest in VoltaChem's Power-2-Heat program line with a starting point to decide which heat pump suits their needs best", Power-2-Heat expert Simon Spoelstra explains.

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08-03-2017

Call for participation: Power to fuels and platform chemicals from CO2.

Shared Research Program VoltaChem is currently setting up an interregional project that focuses on the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to fuels and platform chemicals. For this project Voltachem is looking for first tier participants and industrial observers from chemical, equipment, material and energy sectors.

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08-03-2017

Call for participation: Electro-organic synthesis scouting projects

Based on earlier results, Shared Research Program VoltaChem is looking for new cases in the field of electro organic synthesis, preferably for the conversion of waste streams of biobased feedstock to valuable chemical intermediates. To facilitate identification of new valuable routes, VoltaChem is performing scouting projects in the Power-2-Specialties program-line together with chemical companies or other interested partners.

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08-03-2017

Call for participation: Paired electro-organic synthesis of high-value (bio)chemicals

Shared Research Program VoltaChem has started work on paired electro-organic synthesis of high-value (bio)chemicals to create new potentially viable business cases. We are currently looking for chemical companies and equipment suppliers that are interested to participate as partner or supplier in the research.

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27-02-2017

VoltaChem calls for participation: Power-2-Heat

Currently VoltaChem offers several opportunities for global leaders in the fields of electricity, conversion, equipment and end products to participate in its program line Power-2-Heat. Specifically: industrial end-users (owning a CHP) and technology providers to decouple heat and power production + chemical companies to host a high-temperature (120°C) compression heat pump for field test application.

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07-02-2017

VoltaChem calls for participation: electrochemical production of chemicals via hydrogen

Currently VoltaChem offers several opportunities for global leaders in the fields of electricity, conversion, equipment and end products to participate in research concerning 'electrochemical production of chemicals via hydrogen'.

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19-01-2017

Research into the use of ‘green hydrogen’ in refinery process

Six Rotterdam-based parties will investigate how sustainably generated electricity, converted into hydrogen, can be used in the production of fuels. VoltaChem co-initiator TNO, Stedin, Smartport, Uniper, BP Refinery Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam Authority will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of a power-to-gas plant in the Rotterdam port area, as well as the necessary amendments to regulations. The parties above signed a cooperation agreement to this end on 18 January 2017.

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20-12-2016

VoltaChem welcomes Sasol as a community member

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem welcomes Sasol as a community member. Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages the expertise of its 30100 people working in 33 countries. It develops and commercializes technologies, and builds and operates world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity.

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19-12-2016

Power to ammonia investigates storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia

In the coming years, the supply of electricity from solar cells and wind turbines will increase significantly. In the summer, once in a while there will be a large supply of solar and wind energy and in the winter at times a much smaller supply. Therefore large-scale storage of renewable electricity is needed. At the beginning of 2016 a Dutch consortium of companies, universities and research organisations started to look into the potential of renewable energy storage in the form of liquid ammonia. What options are available?

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08-12-2016

Ammonia offers key to sustainable future

The Power-2-Ammonia project, in which VoltaChem partner ECN participates was recently covered by the Dutch NPT Procestechnologie magazine.

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08-12-2016

Water + air + electricity = hydrogen peroxide

Decentralised production of hydrogen peroxide from water, air and electricity. The feasibility of this approach has been demonstrated within the VoltaChem Shared Innovation Programme. The improved concept of the electrochemical production of hydrogen peroxide is more environmentally friendly, and reduces hazards. Four questions for TNO’s Roel Bisselink about the technology, its relevance and the future.

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09-10-2016

VoltaChem: Chemical industry plugs in

Electrification offers the Dutch chemical industry tremendous opportunities according to the white paper drawn up by the industry-wide VoltaChem innovation program. Is the chemical industry plugging in? Is it possible?

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06-07-2016

Formic acid, the new energy carrier

VoltaChem Community Member Coval Energy has published a study entitled “Formic Acid as Energy Carrier through Electrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide”. The main objective of the study - that is exclusively available for VoltaChem community members - is to investigate how formic acid can be used as an energy carrier.

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06-07-2016

VoltaChem’s ELECTRE project covered in Process Control Magazine

This month VoltaChem's ELECTRE project is covered in Process Control Magazine. The aim of the project is to investigate how the performance over the life cycle of an electrolyser is affected by using renewable electricity.

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22-06-2016

Industry can balance electricity demand & supply

Recently VoltaChem's Yvonne van Delft contributed to an article in the magazine of Netbeheer Nederland.

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22-06-2016

Industry will contribute to a sustainable electricity network

“Industry is facing major challenges. In the coming years, processes will have to become less dependent on fossil energy and emit significantly less CO2. At the same time, industry will play an active role in the development of new sustainable electricity networks,” says Sigrid Bollwerk, the ECN program development manager for Industrial Energy Efficiency.

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09-06-2016

Using old Norths Sea Platforms in the energy transition

Recently, VoltaChem co-initiator TNO has launched a groundbreaking idea to connect offshore oil & gas to wind parks at sea, thereby facilitating a transition from old to new energy and feedstock sources whilst using existing infrastructure.

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09-06-2016

VoltaChem Community welcomes 3 new members

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem is pleased to welcome 3 new members to its Community in the field of the electrification of the chemical industry: Hydron Energy, Proton Ventures and Aramco Overseas.

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12-05-2016

Whitepaper: Electrification offers chemistry a sustainable and profitable future

Electrification of the chemical industry offers opportunities to reduce its CO2 footprint and become more competitive. This is the firm opinion of various representatives from the European chemical industry and the energy sector. In the recent white paper “Empowering the chemical industry – Opportunities for electrification” different electrification routes were investigated and a detailed technical roadmap developed.

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29-03-2016

Electrification of chemical production: collaboration is key

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem, initiated by TNO, ECN, Topsector Chemistry, Ministry of Economic Affairs and several companies, connects the electricity sector to the chemical industry in order to develop and implement new technologies for the conversion of renewable energy to heat, hydrogen and chemicals. Both sectors met on 17th March 2016 at the second annual VoltaChem conference.

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24-03-2016

Just add hydrogen to remove CO2 from biogas

Biogas from biomass gasification or fermentation contains considerable amounts of CO2. When using this to produce SNG, this needs to be removed, leading to a considerable energy penalty. But there is an alternative by adding hydrogen from electrolysis using renewable electricity. Then the CO2 and hydrogen react to produce methane, adding to the SNG production. An effect well known from thermodynamics but confirmed with experiments, with the prospect of a large impact.

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23-03-2016

Making valuable products from CO2 with sustainable energy

One of the grand challenges for Europe in the next decades is to guarantee a sustainable supply of energy that is reliable and affordable. There is also great potential in energy carriers and other materials from CO2, with many challenges to overcome. VoltaChem's co-initiator TNO has evaluated the techno-economic aspects of these technologies together with the University of Twente and will continue its development within the VoltaChem program, involving several partners. “Europe’s chemical industry needs this,” says TNO’s Erin Schols.

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22-03-2016

Energy transition Japan proves to be valuable benchmark for strategy of The Netherlands

In March 2016 VoltaChem participated in a mission to Japan on the subject of chemical conversion and storage. The aim was to conduct technology factfinding and to benchmark Japan in comparison with The Netherlands. The energy transition in Japan proved to be a valuable benchmark for the strategy of The Netherlands.

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18-03-2016

VoltaChem’s Annual Event 2016: movie & pictures

Thursday 17 March VoltaChem organized its yearly event on the electrification of the chemical industry. Over 100 participants were present in the Energy Barn in Groningen to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges.

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16-02-2016

Start of ELECTRE project: driving down electrolyser cost by improving durability

VoltaChem co-initiator ECN and Hydron Energy will jointly work on a project to investigate how the performance over the life cycle of an electrolyser is affected by using renewable electricity. It is known that rapidly changing loads in a PEM electrolyser can accelerate degradation. The ELECTRE project will clarify to what extent such load-following operation decreases the life expectancy and what type of load-changes specifically impact the durability. The ultimate goal is to bring the cost of electrolysers down to the level where the hydrogen from renewable electricity becomes an attractive option for the chemical industry. The two partners have received a grant from the Topsector Energy to execute this research.

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16-02-2016

VoltaChem welcomes 5 new Community Members

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem is pleased to welcome 5 new members to its Community in the field of the electrification of the chemical industry. Two large companies (Cofely & Nuon) and three SME's (MAGNETO special anodes, Technip and Coval Energy) decided to join us.

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28-01-2016

VoltaChem partner in Power-2-Ammonia project

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem participates in the Power-2-Ammonia project that was initiated by ISPT. In the project ten parties from the energy and chemistry sector will investigate the extent to which ammonia can be locally generated using renewable electricity. Thanks to the growing number of wind turbines and solar panels, the supply of renewable electricity will sharply increase in the coming years. At times when there is a surplus of renewable electricity, it can be converted to ammonia locally using small-scale plants.

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04-12-2015

17 March 2016 | VoltaChem Year Event 2016: Electrification for chemicals – business from vision

On 17 March 2016 VoltaChem together with Innovatielink, Energy Valley, FME and Topsector Chemistry will host its yearly event to discuss the latest progress in the field of the electrification of the chemical industry and to elaborate on the opportunities to accelerate business together between large enterprises and SME’s.

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02-12-2015

When & why Power-2-Heat?

There are two reasons why you should consider to drive your thermal processes using electricity. One, often mentioned is to profit from low electricity prices during periods with a high supply of electricity and a low demand. The technology that is providing the heat should be able to respond quickly and will operate only during a limited number of hours. The other reason is to shift your processes from fossil energy carriers for the generation of heat to electricity as driver, as a base load option. In this case the response time can be low and the equipment will run most/all of the year.

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01-12-2015

VoltaChem gets off to a great start

VoltaChem is an innovation program enabling chemical companies and the electricity sector to make substantial reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions. VoltaChem is encouraging businesses to join the VoltaChem Community. The level of interest shown has meant that the program was able to get off to a great start.

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02-11-2015

VoltaChem calls for participation: electrocatalytic production of chemicals

Over the last months Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem has been busy developing technical roadmaps and business cases for electrification opportunities in the chemical industry and with applying for innovation funds to secure its groundbreaking research. Currently VoltaChem offers several opportunities for global leaders in the fields of electricity, conversion, equipment and end products to participate in its program line Power-2-Chemicals. Specifically: electrocatalytic production of chemicals.

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02-11-2015

VoltaChem project to match processes with electrification technologies started

VoltaChem, together with partners Arkema, OCI Nitrogen, AkzoNobel, Dow, Stedin, has recently started the E-Match project: 'Hit list for Electrification; Matching Processes with Electrification Technologies'. The project aims at identifying those processes in the Netherlands most suitable for electrification.

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02-11-2015

Improving lifetime of electrolyzers to store energy using hydrogen

With a rapidly increasing share of renewable electricity, electricity generation will periodically be much higher than the demand. A recent European study confirms hydrogen as one of the more attractive options to store vast amounts of renewable energy. However, cost and lifetime of electrolyzers are important barriers to the large-scale implementation of this switchable capacity. Within VoltaChem's Power-2-Hydrogen program line, ECN is focusing on improving lifetime of electrolyzers. What are the lessons learned?

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19-10-2015

National Energy Report: turning point in energy transition

The increasing sustainability of the energy supply in the Netherlands is at a turning point. That is the conclusion of the National Energy Report 2015 presented by ECN. Discover what the energy situation is in the Netherlands and what must be done to achieve the objectives of the Energy Agreement.

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30-09-2015

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem Launched

Thursday 1 October 2015, at the Dutch Topsector Chemicals Day, applied knowledge institutes TNO and ECN launch VoltaChem: a business-driven Shared Innovation Program that connects the chemical industry to the electricity sector and equipment suppliers. As from today companies can join VoltaChem's Community, and via the Community website it is easy for new partners to join the ongoing R&D program.

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22-09-2015

Changing from Thermal to Electrochemical Conversion

What are the benefits of changing from thermal conversion to electrochemical conversion for the chemicals industry? This is the question being investigated by VoltaChem's TNO. The first demonstration case concerns the conversion of HMF from biomass to FDCA, an important raw material for the chemicals industry.

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21-09-2015

New Brand Name Electrification of the Chemical Industry: VoltaChem

The 'Electrification of the Chemical Industry' program needed to get a recognizable and appealing brand name. After careful consideration we are proud to present the new brand name: VoltaChem! The name VoltaChem is built from two parts. ‘Volta’ is based on Alessandro Volta (1745-1827).

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VoltaChem Community Members & Associates


Team Fast
TNO
ECN
Dow
OCI Nitrogen
Arkema
Stedin
Innovatielink
Energy Valley
FME
Topsector Chemistry
Nuon
MAGNETO special anodes
University of Twente
Perstorp
SmartPort
Port of Rotterdam
Coval Energy
Hydron Energy
Proton Ventures
Aramco Overseas
Sasol
Tu Delft
Solvay
Mestverwerking Friesland
CE Delft
Uniper
Huikeshoven
Vopak
Deltalinqs
Shell

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