Electrification of the Chemical Industry


VoltaChem aims to initiate and facilitate collaborative development of technology and business models with relevant stakeholders to help move innovation in the field of electrification and decarbonization 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 VoltaChem brand

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).

He was an Italian physicist and chemist best known as the inventor of the electrical battery and the discoverer of methane. With this inventions he proved that electricity could be generated also chemically. ‘Chem’ denotes chemistry and indicates that the focus of the program is on chemistry. The new, iconic logo nicely connects sustainable energy to chemistry, just like the name VoltaChem implies.


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 and it lowers their carbon footprint.

VoltaChem was initiated by applied knowledge institutes ECN and TNO with support of the industry and academia to focus research and development efforts in the field of chemicals and energy on electrification and decarbonisation of the industry. This collaboration started at the end of 2014 at the request of The Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Topsector Chemicals with an initial grant of 2 million euros. 

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