Plasma Conversions

Publieke samenvatting / Public summary

The most important future source of sustainable energy will come from electricity. The challenge is to transfer this energy carriers to molecules. We can then use this molecules to save energy and to use them as chemical building blocks for the industry.

This project is part of the ISPT program system integration/ electrification of the industry. Companies have committed themselves to the development of (sustainable) electrical processes. Together with two other related projects, Pulsed compression and Chemical Transistors, we aim to research and compare three fundamental routes on electrical activation of molecules. Evaluation criteria are technical feasibility, yields per unity of energy, up scaling possibilities, start-stop dynamics and economic feasibility. This project makes energy storage from electrification of the chemical industry attractive for the long and short term.

Korte omschrijving
This research will focus on preparing NH3 from air, water and electrical energy. As such this results in a sustainable route to producing the chemical NH3 electrically while likewise being able to store energy (NH3 as fuel). This research is executed in an open cooperation of university (UTwente), knowledge institute (Differ) and private companies (AkzoNobel, OCI Nitrogen and Yara) led by ISPT.

This research will result in understanding the technical feasibility, upscaling possibilities and the economic relevance of the different technologies developed in relation to each other. An important result will be whether the required conversion potential can be achieved at low costs and produced at high energy efficiency yields. We expect to develop patentable results.