Towards the large-scale conversion of renewable electricity into molecular bonds.
In tomorrow’s renewable energy system, the mismatch between supply and demand represents a major challenge. Flexible energy storage in the form of chemicals produced by using electrical energy offers prospects for the energy sector to deal with this challenge. The large-scale production of synthetic fuels, platform chemicals and other materials using electrical energy from renewable sources addresses sustainability demands and is a decisive step towards creating a circular economy.
We belief that a long-term (10+ years) research and development programme is necessary to tackle these challenges, in line with the recent advice by the Electrochemical Conversion and Materials committee to the Dutch Top Sectors HTSM, Energy and Chemistry.
The e-Refinery initiative is ready to play a key role in such national programme by creating strategic partnerships with industry partners who wish to take the lead in this transition.