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On Thursday 13 December at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen, the Industry & Energy congress will take place, dedicated to the theme 'When electrons power molecules'; closing the gap between the energy sector and process industry.

The event is intended for senior management of the (chemical) industry, energy sector and technology suppliers in the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia. It is organized by FME, Industrielinqs and VoltaChem.


Electrification and electrochemistry can play a pivotal role in cutting CO2-emissions or even becoming CO2-negative. 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. There will be a keybote speech by Mark Williams, vice president of Sabic Europe, about carbon capture and usage (CCU), electrochemistry and carbon productivity. Eric de Coninck of ArcelorMittal will address the challenges of CCU with sustainable electricity. Sustainability Leader Leon Jacobs of Sabic Europe goes deeper into Sabic’s CCU project, where five hundred thousand tons of CO2 is used as raw material for the production of chemicals.

Voltachem gives an overview of the state of affairs of all forms of power-to-x. FME provides insight into the techniques that are already available to save six megatons of CO2.