Decarbonization of the chemical industry via electrification

  Brightlands Chem., Holand

Decarbonization of the chemical industry via electrification

Key topics of the conference are:

  • Power to heat:  Chemical process electrification replaces the use of fossil fuels with renewable energy. High-temperature applications are key in most chemical production methods and the power demand of a typical chemical process is enormous. New technologies help to reduce the required energy drastically.
  • Power to chemicals: Due to the limitations of the traditional thermal approaches in the field of electrification, several novel technologies are being developed to produce basis materials for the production of e.g. more complex substances in chemical industry directly from electricity, water and/or CO2. One promising approach in this field is plasma technology.
  • Energy storage: Electrical energy extraction from renewable energy sources (e.g. the sun and water) fluctuates. These fluctuations in electricity supply and demand can be balanced via storage. New technologies can help to overcome this challenge and store surplus energy into matter that can be reconverted when needed.  
  • Role of biobased in electrification: Green hydrogen can be converted to methane or methanol. Both these fuels can be stored and used to produce electricity again. Most green hydrogen is produced via water electrolysis using renewable power. Next to electrolysis, other biobased alternatives are developed to produce green hydrogen.
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