In 2019, almost 43 percent of German electricity was made from renewable energy sources. Tendencies rising. This low-carbon energy creates new paths for the linkage of energy system and chemical production – centralized under the key word Power-to-X. What could new electrochemical processes that synthesize basic chemicals like hydrogen peroxide, ethene, alcohols and acids with regenerative generated power look like? This question is answered by the Fraunhofer lighthouse project “Electricity as a Resource“, which was finished 2019. Its goal: to produce chemical products long-term more sustainable.
For this purpose, nine Fraunhofer-Institutes with lead management by Fraunhofer UMSICHT have combined their competences and technical infrastructures. Results of this cooperation are expertise, products, process technologies and services for the process industry and energy economy. From demonstration systems for electrochemical production of the chemicals over optimized catalyzers and electrode systems to tools for modeling, market analysis and sustainability assessment.
Electrochemistry meets Process technology: Under this motto Fraunhofer is offering clustered research results and expertise for companies and institutions that are active in the area of sector coupling, through the digital competence-centrum eSource®. As a platform for research, development and education, it combines R&D-services of all Fraunhofer Institutes, and delivers product development and process optimization simultaneously.
More information at: https://esource.fraunhofer.de/.