Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM)

21-06-2019 / 21-06-2019 | The Hague | Netherlands, NH Hotel, (Pr. Margrietplantsoen 100)

Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM)

Friday 21 June, the second Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will be organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed by the Dutch government. The conference is open for registration. The full program is available now.

ECCM is an important technological option to make the transition to a CO2-neutral industry based on intermittent renewable energy generation, storage and conversion. During the conference, the ECCM theme will be highlighted by keynote lectures and will be addressed in parallel sessions by experts from knowledge institutions, private sector, governments, and NGOs.

Set up of the conference

  • Date & time: Friday 21 June 2019, 9:30 – 18:00 h
  • Venue: Netherlands, NH Hotel, The Hague (Pr. Margrietplantsoen 100)
  • Participation: free, including lunch.
  • Language: English
  • Setup: one day conference with plenary keynote lectures from academia, industry and NGO’s. To the parallel sessions, Dutch representatives from industry, scientists, applied research organizations, government and NGO’s will contribute to an appealing program
  • During the conference, several ECCM initiatives will be kicked off.

VoltaChem contributions 

There are three parallel sessions with a different theme: 

  1. Materials & Catalysis
  2. Innovative electrochemistry
  3. System integration, business & governance  /  ECCM: Education, knowledge exchange, governance

Three experts working within the VoltaChem program will be presenting the parallel themes:

Dr. Amanda Garcia (Parallel session: Innovative electrochemistry)
Challenges and advances in organic electrosynthesis: combining building blocks in electrochemical reactions

The energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable materials offers new opportunities for many industrial sectors and will help to make the chemical industry more sustainable. The implementation of large-scale faces various challenges related to the development of new electrochemical technologies, scaling-up issues and fundamental challenges related to the limited efficiency of some chemical transformations. Here, I will talk about the challenges in organic electrosynthesis, more specifically in combining building blocks in electrochemical condensation reaction, that is CO2, CO or NH3 with biobased building blocks in electrocarboxylation, electro-hydroformylation, and electrochemical amination, and the advances in redox reactions of biomass-related organic compounds.

Dr. Elena Perez Gallent (Parallel session: Innovative electrochemistry)
Electroreduction of CO2 to CO paired with 1,2-propanediol oxidation to lactic acid.

Towards an economically feasible system Industrial electrochemical processes must be efficient and selective and produce valuable chemicals while minimizing the energy input. However, an economically feasible process for CO2 reduction has not yet been developed. Typically, the electrochemical reduction of CO2 is paired to water oxidation, but an alternative strategy would be coupling the CO2 reduction to oxidation in which a higher-value product is co-produced. In this study, we performed the electroreduction of CO2, paired with the electrooxidation of 1,2-propanediol. Combining these reactions decreases energy consumption by 35%, increases in product value, and results in combined faradaic efficiencies of ca. 160%.

Robert de Kler, MSc (Parallel session: System integration, business & governance)  
The future value of power

Business cases for industrial electrification and specifically electrochemical systems are highly dependent on future power prices and industrial demand. Recently, we developed a modeling and simulation tool that predicts future energy prices and electrification technology utilization and thereby facilitates discussions on strategic investments. This model is fed by future conventional and renewable energy supply scenario's, electrification options and their characteristics (like capex and opex) and energy price mechanisms. In the presentation, we will show the outcomes of the model for different national scenarios and the utilization of different electrification technologies, like water electrolysis, flow barriers, and electric heating.

For more information, the complete conference program and registration, visit the event site


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