Looking back at Industry & Energy 2018 - Utilities

Industry & Energy 2018

Thursday December 13th the international conference Industry & Energy took place at the Brightlands Chemelot Cmapus in Geleen (NL). With 272 visitors, we can look back on an interesting day around the theme ‘When Electrons Power Molecules’.

The visitors rated the day with a 7,6.

Some reactions from visitors:

  • “Make more room for interaction in sessions”
  • Excellent location with good catering. The lunch was however to crowded
  • “Compliments for the organization and bringing the theme to a one-day event”

Theme: When Electrons Power Molecules
Closing the gap between the energy sector and process industry

What is the challenge?
To meet the European climate challenges and goals of the Paris Agreement, new ways of collaboration are needed. Fences between the heavy process industry and energy sector have to be lowered. First steps have already been taken. New energy saving processes have been implemented and advanced bio routes have been developed. And yet another, maybe more sustainable synergy is rising…when electrons meet molecules.

Grasp the opportunity
Electrification and electrochemistry can play a pivotal role in cutting CO2-emissions or even becoming CO2-negative. A double-edged sword! Huge amounts of sustainable electricity can be stored by turning molecules from air and water into useful materials and fuels. Fast growing surpluses of wind and solar power in Europe can be stored. And the industry can cut its emissions dramatically and decrease its dependency on fossil feedstock in a competitive way.
To grasp this opportunity, new value chains have to be developed cutting through multiple sectors. So let’s lower the sector fences and start energizing a new economy!

Getting answers to calling questions

  • What opportunities can empower existing and new supply chains?
  • What is the promise of power-to-chemicals?
  • Which projects are already feasible in the short term?
  • Which obstacles need to be overcome for a broad rollout of electrochemistry?
  • What proactive coalitions can be formed?

For whom was the international event meant?
The event was intended for senior management of the (chemical) industry, energy sector and technology suppliers in the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia. ‘Industry and Energy’ aims to inspire site managers, R&D managers, business developers, researchers, technical suppliers and policy makers.

Co creation
This year Voltachem, Industrielinqs and FME joined forces by integrating the Industry & Energy congress with the annual VoltaChem event. In this way they wanted to create a win-win for all stakeholders in the energy and chemical chain.

Industrial Energy Enlightenmentz

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the Industry & Energy Congress 2018 Battolyser was declared the winner of the Industrial Energy Enlightenmentz 2018. According to the jury the combination of an efficient battery and an electrolyser that can produce hydrogen and oxygen brings together te best of both worlds. The potential impact of the Battolyser on the sustainable energy system makes it a true Industrial Energy Enlightenment.

The integration of Edison’s nickel-iron battery with robust alkaline electrolyser technology yields an efficient battery and -when fully charged- an electrolyser that can produce hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen can be used as chemical feedstock or be stored as fuel for seasonal storage, while the battery provides electricity storage for minutes, up to day and night. Overall energy efficiencies reach 80 to 90 percent. This development from the research group of prof. Fokko Mulder at TU Delft is now taken forward in the start-up Battolyser BV founded by TU Delft, Proton Ventures and Mulder. A first up-scaled battolyser pilot plant is currently being realised next to Nuon’s Magnum powerplant in Eemshaven.

Battolyser competed against Metalot and Qpinch. Innovation platform Metalot has already prepared plans to convert the Uniper coal-fired power station into an iron powder plant. The Belgian startup Qpinch has studied the processes of energy conversion of human cells and mimics them to upgrade industrial residual heat of around 75 degrees Celsius to 230 degrees Celsius.

With the Industrial Energy Enlightenmentz election we want to inspire the industry and energy companies in applying promising innovations. And we want to give a boost to innovations and processes. A professional jury has divided the points for 60 percent, in addition, visitors to Industry&Energy were also allowed to vote (counts for 20 percent) and people could vote via the internet (also counted for 20 percent).



09.45 Reception and registration

10:30 Plenary morning program 

Opening conference by chairman of the day Bob Wind

Keynote Mark Williams (Vice-president Europe, Sabic)

Short talks form decision makers/experts from different backgrounds:

Pitches Industrial Energy Enlightenmentz

  • Battolyser
  • Metalot
  • Qpinch

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Parallel sessions round one and two

15.15 Network break

15.45 Parallel sessions round three

16.45 Conclusion and announcement winner Industrial Energy Enlightenmentz


Wrap up

  • Robert Claasen (Chemelot Executive Director)
  • Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University)
  • Rob Stevens (Yara)

Announcement winner Industrial Energy Enlightenmentz

Closing conference

17.30 Network drinks

18.30 End of conference

Parallel sessions

Below you can find the presentations of the parallel sessions (click on the session to view the presentation).

The presentations of the VoltaChem sessions can be found via this link