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E2C

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Electrons to high value Chemical products

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO)

Begindatum

01/07/2018

Einddatum

31/03/2023

Project budget

7 710 118

ERDF amount

4 626 071

ERDF rate

60%

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    Common challenge

    The coastal areas of the 2 Seas combine the availability of renewable energy with strong industrial activity. This leads to the common challenge of handling renewable energy surpluses, diversifying feedstocks in the chemical industry, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in energy intensive industry and meeting societal and regulatory demands on advanced fuels and sustainable chemicals. "Power-to-X” concepts, using (renewable) electricity as a replacement for oil and gas energy sources in the production of chemical products, allow for the combination of a solution to these challenges with the creation of valuable products. However, several technical and economic hurdles still need to be overcome. These are related to the cost of renewable hydrogen, the technological immaturity of novel electrochemical processes, and the need for demonstrators and business case calculations to convince industry to invest in further development and implementation of these technologies. E2C Project partners rose to the challenge as at the time there was no activity across Europe that addressed the opportunity of combining renewable electricity production with the production of chemical products (fuels and platform chemicals) in the same coherent way and at the scale that the project proposed. 

    Main Achievements

    The E2C project has successfully created two power-to-X technologies, which have been scaled up and tested at Technology Readiness Level  6, which means they have been demonstrated in a relevant environment. These technologies for the utilisation of carbon dioxide will be demonstrated in the two pilot installations sponsored by the project, which are called the SEDMES pilot and the ZEUS pilot. The pilot installations are unique in size, functionality, and innovation. The project's feasibility study has concluded that these technologies have the potential to improve the chemical industry in the 2 Seas area and beyond. The project also developed educational tools such as the Climatopoly application dedicated to high school children and to increase the awareness of the Energy and materials transition. Furthermore, the project sponsored an International Winter School on Catalysis that will continue every two years. Additionally, E2C created powerful tools like the Electrolyser simulation tool and the Industrial cluster simulation model for the industry to use. The partnership has taken concrete measures to ensure the durability of the project outputs, including the development of a technology implementation plan. This plan outlines the steps necessary to implement the project's outputs and ensure their long-term sustainability. The plan includes a clear division of responsibilities among the project partners, with each partner taking on a specific role in ensuring the durability of the outputs. The partnership has also established a long-term support network for the technology, which includes ongoing technical assistance, training, and support services. Finally, the project hosted workshops and a stakeholder event to bring together a diverse group of people including engineers, consultants, policy makers, educators, investors, and researchers to discuss the challenges and opportunities in developing these technologies to revive the chemical industry.

     

    Testimonial

    The E2C project has successfully created two power-to-X technologies. The pilot installations are unique in size, functionality, and innovation in Europe. The project's feasibility study has concluded that these technologies have the potential to improve the chemical industry in the 2 Seas area and beyond.

     

    Partnership

    Partners

    Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO)

    Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD)

    Universiteit Antwerpen (UAN)

    University of Exeter (UEX)

    Universite de Lille (LU)

    The University of Sheffield (USFD)

    Outputs

    Output title
    Type
    Target
    URL / Download
    15/12/2022

    E2C

    Thema: Technological innovationEnergy

    Power-to-X highly flexible pilot demonstrator, available for cross-border testing and innovation

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Energy suppliers
    30/04/2021

    E2C

    Thema: Technological innovationEnergy

    Life-time pilot test station for novel electrolyser concepts

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Energy suppliers
    30/09/2020

    E2C

    Thema: Technological innovationEnergy

    Direct Power-to-X highly flexible bench-scale pilot installation

    Type: Pilot and demonstration action
    Target: Energy suppliers