Day 2: Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

22 March 2018

EnergyDays are English spoken!

The topic 'Renewable Fuels and Chemicals' will be presented.


In the future energy system, renewable fuels and chemicals are envisaged to fulfill the need for seasonal storage of energy, to provide clean dense energy carriers for transport and mobility, and to supply (chemical) industries with sustainable feedstocks. With Power-to-X technologies, CO2, H2O, and/or N2 ‘waste’ can be upgraded to ‘circular’ fuels and chemicals (X) in processes powered by renewable electricity (P).

Notwithstanding that electrolysis of water has already been in practice since 1800 being one of the first P2X technologies, the process is (still) not economically feasible for large-scale employment for the above purposes, also because of the strong competition with processes running on cheaper fossil fuels. What has to be done to realize the switch?

This Energy Day will give insight into the current state of research and development towards the deployment of P2X technologies. What are the challenges faced on different levels, from electrochemistry fundamentals, to chemical reactor engineering and scenarios for upscaling?

13h15Reception with coffee/tea
13h45Erik Langereis - DIFFER - Chair of the day
 Welcome & Introduction

Rüdiger Eichel - Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH / RWTH Aachen University


Power-to-X: Challenging Fundamental Issues to enable Integrated Industrial Solutions

14h35John van der Schaaf - TU/e, Chemical Engineering & Chemistry
 Electrolyzers: Reactors with unlimited productivity?
15h40Gert Jan Kramer - Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute
 P2X at time T. - What’s X? When’s T? What’s the scenario?
16h20General discussion with audience
16h50Closure by chair
17h00Open café 

Location / how to get there

Next EnergyDays

  • 07 June 2018 - Topic: Hashtag CO2
  • 11 October 2018 - Topic: t.b.c.


Any further questions on the EnergyDays can be sent to Elle Abzach.