Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) 2020

26-06-2020 / 26-06-2020 | Online

Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) 2020

On Friday 26 June 2020 the third Dutch conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will take place online. The conference is organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed by the Dutch government. The ECCM committee, which is supported by VoltaChem's founding partner TNO, is organizing an inspiring online afternoon with top-notch speakers and lively discussions on the latest developments of electrification, electrochemistry and the energy transition. 

International experts will start the conference by introducing the state of the art in ElectroChemical Conversion & Materials. They will discuss the role of ECCM in the energy transition, sharing the viewpoint of China, Germany, the US and the Netherlands.

The second half will take you through some of the most prominent national initiatives in the field and the developments expected in the coming years. VoltaChem's Earl Goetheer is one of the national experts. He will be presenting an overview of Dutch national initiatives. 

International experts

  • Dr Kathy Ayers, Vice President Research and Development, Nel ASA / Proton Onsite, United States
  • Dr Jiang Kejun, director of the Energy Research Institute (ERI), National Development and Reform Commission, China
  • Mr Jochen Wermuth, Climate Impact Investor, Germany
  • Marjan Minnesma MBA, Director Urgenda, The Netherlands

National guests

  • Prof Richard van de Sanden, Chair of the ECCM committee and Director of DIFFER
  • Prof Paulien Herder, Professor of Energy Systems, Delft University of Technology
  • Prof Guido Mul, Head of the PhotoCatalytic Synthesis group, University of Twente
  • Prof Earl Goetheer, Sustainable Process & Energy Systems, TNO and Technical Lead at VoltaChem


More information and registration

For more information and registration, please visit the conference website

Scope of the conference

In the near future, renewable electricity will play a major role in the transition to a low carbon energy economy. This transition will be facilitated by CO2 targets determined by national governments and will require extensive electrification. However, the need will persist for other fuel sources (for aviation, shipping and heavy road transport) and for chemical products and materials. These activities and associated production processes are now responsible for more than 35% of global CO2emissions. The big challenge is therefore to produce these fuels and chemical products via renewable electricity, starting from biomass and/or CO2.

In addition, science and technology need to solve the imbalance between production and consumption of electricity. These solutions lie in connecting networks and production capacity (interconnection), organizing an optimal balance of supply and demand, and in the direct storage of electrical energy. Storage of electricity in batteries or similar systems is one option; electrochemical production of chemicals as an energy carrier is another option. Electrochemical conversion is especially promising for long-term storage as this technology is easily scalable to the amount of energy.

During the conference, international keynotes will take us through the state of the art in science and technology, from an academic and industrial perspective. Dutch experts will share their insight on national initiatives related to the ECCM theme. 


Background information on the ECCM Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee for Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) advises the Dutch government to make the transition to a CO2neutral industry based on intermittent sustainable energy generation, storage and conversion. The committee was established by the top sectors HTSM, Energy and Chemistry, with support from NWO and TNO and in collaboration with the Ministries of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy (EZK), the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). Earl Goetheer, principle scientist at TNO and technical lead for VoltaChem's Power-2-Chemicals program line, is one of the members of the ECCM committee.

ECCM is the cross-sectoral theme to achieve the above-mentioned transition objective. The committee coordinates efforts in the field of ECCM at national level, by initiating new cooperation initiatives and by adopting initiatives that fit within the scope of the advisory report that the committee has published. From a national perspective, the committee advises the government on what efforts are needed to collaborate throughout the innovation chain.

In addition, the committee is busy building an ECCM community of knowledge institutions, companies, governments and NGOs. To this end, the committee organizes conferences in the field of ECCM and an annual graduate school. More information:  




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