Mission & Strategy

VoltaChem is a business-driven Shared Innovation Program that connects the electricity sector, equipment sector and chemical industry. New technologies and business models are developed and implemented together that focus on the use of renewable energy in production of heat, hydrogen and chemicals. VoltaChem serves and works with industry to strengthen its competitive position and that of its suppliers.

It is our vision that the energy and chemical sector will help each other to solve some of their most difficult challenges with respect to energy use, efficiency and selectivity. This is achieved by using flexible and abundant sustainable electricity directly and indirectly in the chemical industry for production of fuels, plastics and fertilizers. Which in turn will lead to a high-tech industry delivering technical solutions enabling this industrial electrification.

Strategy

VoltaChem will push TRL 3-5 (research & innovation) towards TRL 5-7 (piloting and demonstration) in a collaborative program by advancing knowledge through collaboration with top-players in the field and by further developing this knowledge into pilots and demonstrators ready to be implemented in practice together with industry and regional clusters.

We aim to initiate and facilitate collaborative development of technology and business models with relevant stakeholders to help move innovation in the field of industrial electrification and decarbonization faster towards commercial implementation. The program addresses both the indirect and direct use of electricity within the industry, and works from a systemic point of view.

Innovation approach

VoltaChem adopts a multidisciplinary approach that brings together the entire value chain: R&D (institutions, universities), users (chemical, electricity) and suppliers (sub-components, equipment and engineering). We work together with these stakeholders in the  chemical industry, electricity sector and equipment suppliers through:

  • The Voltachem Business Community for networking, roadmapping and agenda-setting;
  • Our coherent RD&I program where companies can get access to specific technology developments focusing on Power-2-Integrate, Power-2-Heat, Power-2-Hydrogen and Power-2-Chemicals;
  • Regional pilot and demonstration activities to show the value and business-case of electrification technologies.

Combined business and technology perspective

The Voltachem shared innovation program is characterized by its combined business and technology perspective. This is materialised through business related application areas and technology related program lines. Application areas offer guiding choices for the technology development in the program lines and are focused on the three most impactful chemical value chains: fuels, fertilizers and plastics.

The key technology developments of VoltaChem are structured in four technology program lines: Power-2-Integrate, Power-2-Heat, Power-2-Hydrogen and Power-2-Chemicals. Where program lines and application areas overlap, each intersection/innovation indicates its particular advancement along the TRL levels from idea to commercial application.

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