Electrification of the Chemical Industry

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09-01-2019 | Program update | Event report

‘When electrons power molecules’ congress; shows readiness for the next level in electrification!

On December 13th, 2018 an interesting international blend of participants of the chemical industry, energy sector and technology suppliers like researchers, business & site managers, R&D managers, business developers, technical suppliers and policymakers joined the Voltachem Annual Event at the Industry & Energy Congress: ‘When Electrons Power Molecules'. This event - in cooperation with Industrielinqs and FME - offered a program built around next-generation industrial electrification, needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the chemical industry. It showed, the industry is ready for the next step.

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30-08-2018 | Program update | P2Heat | P2Hydrogen | P2Chemicals | P2Integrate

Additional investments boost industrial electrification R&D

An additional €2 million will be invested by TNO in its industrial electrification activities within VoltaChem on top of the existing yearly contribution. This increase is the result of additional government investments in applied research by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and a recognition of the importance of the subject and the results attained so far. The funds will be invested in accelerating collaborative R&D in the VoltaChem program lines and in facilitating technology uptake by industry. First results of the additional investments will be expected at the end of 2018.

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15-06-2018 | Program update | P2Integrate

Connecting electrification technology to chemical value chains

To better suit the needs of the market and accelerate innovation, VoltaChem has decided to complement its technologically oriented activities with a focus on the three most impactful chemical value chains: Fuels, Fertilizers and Plastics. To engage these value chains, our business development focus will be on addressing the most crucial questions and drivers in each of these application areas. For this, multiple workshops will be organized in 2018 providing valuable input for our annual event in December.

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22-01-2018 | Program update | P2Heat

Hybrid industrial energy systems: Kick-starting industrial electrification

One of the most promising short-term industrial electrification technologies is power-to-heat, the switch from gas- to electricity-based heat. As many industrial processes are driven by medium and high-temperature heat, changing its energy source to renewable power will immediately impact the industrial carbon footprint. In the VoltaChem program a group of companies, together with TNO and ECN, has recently started a project that will drastically improve the business case of power-to-heat using a hybrid energy system. At times when a lot of renewable electricity is available from the sun and wind, gas fired heat generation switches off and process heat is generated from sustainably generated electricity.

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