Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) 26 June 2020

Scope of the conference

It is clear that in our future energy system renewable electricity will play a main role in the transition to a low carbon energy supply. This transition is facilitated by CO2 targets of national governments and requires extensive electrification. In the future, however, there will still be a need for fuels (for aviation, shipping and heavy road transport) and for chemical products and materials. These activities and associated production processes are now responsible for more than 35% of global CO2 emissions. There is a big challenge to produce these fuels and chemical products through the use of renewable electricity, at the basis of biomass and/or CO2.

In addition, solutions are needed for the problem of the imbalance between production and consumption of electricity. These solutions lie in connecting networks and production capacity (interconnection), organizing an optimal balance of supply and demand, and in direct storage of electrical energy. Storage of electricity in batteries or similar systems is an option; electrochemical production of chemicals as an energy carrier is another option. Electrochemical conversion is a promising option for long-term storage as this technology is easy scalable to the amount of energy.

During the conference the state-of-the-art in science and technology will be shared by international key notes from academia and industry. Dutch scientist and industry representatives will contribute to an appealing parallel programme related to the theme of the conference. During the conference national R&D initiatives related to the ECCM theme will be announced.

  • Date: Friday 26 June 2020, 9.30 – 18.00 h
  • Venue: The Hague Conference Centre building New Babylon
  • Participation: free, including lunch. 
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  • Setup: one day conference with plenary keynote lectures from academia, industry and NGO’s. To the parallel sessions Dutch representatives from industry, scientists (group leaders), applied research organisations, government and NGO’s will contribute to an appealing programme. 
  • The parallel sessions are:
    – System integration of electrolysis
    – Innovative electrochemistry and materials
    – ECCM: Education, knowledge exchange, governance
  • Language: English


Advisory committee for Electrochemical Conversion & Materials

  • Prof. dr. Richard van de Sanden (chair Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, DIFFER), director DIFFER Plasma physics & chemistry
  • Prof. dr. Bernard Dam (Delft University of Technology), Mateirals for Energy Conversion & Storage
  • Dr. Earl Goetheer (TNO), Principle scientist Sustainable Process & Energy Systems
  • Prof. dr. Gert-Jan Gruter (Avantium), Chief Technology Officer
  • Prof. dr. Petra de Jongh (Utrecht University), Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis
  • Prof. dr. Marc Koper (Leiden University), Electrochemistry
  • Ir. Geert Laagland (Vattenfall), Head of Engineering
  • Prof. dr. Guido Mul (Twente Universityt), Photocatalytic synthesis
  • Dr. Alexander van der Made (Shell), Principal Scientist Future Energy Technologies
  • Ir. Ton Peijneburg (VDL Enabling Technologies Group), Systems Engineering
  • Dr. John van der Schaaf (TU/e), Chemical reactor engineering
  • Drs. Marco Waas (Nouryon), Director RD&I and Technology Industrial Chemicals
  • Dr. Hans van der Weijde (Tata Steel), Programmamanager Electrochemistry and CO2 reduction
  • Dr. Ellart de Wit (HyGear), Chief Technology Officer

Background information on the ECCM advisory committee

The Advisory Committee for Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) advises the Dutch government on behalf of the top sectors HTSM, Energy and Chemistry, on what is needed to make the transition to a CO2-neutral industry based on intermittent sustainable energy generation, storage and conversion. ECCM is a cross-sectoral theme to achieve this goal. The committee coordinates efforts on this theme at national level, by initiating new cooperation initiatives and by adapting initiatives that fit within the scope of the advisory report issued by the committee. From a national perspective, the committee advises the government on which efforts are required for cooperation across the entire innovation chain.

In addition, the committee is building a true ECCM community of knowledge institutions, companies, governments and NGOs. To this end, the committee organizes conferences in the field of ECCM. In 2019 an ECCM graduate school will be introduced to further boost an ECCM community across the Netherlands.

Contact ECCM Conference

w. // e. // contact persons. Sofia Derossi (overall coordination, t. +31 634558144) // Sandra de Keijzer (Topsector Energie, t. +31 642 03 51 74) // Frank Karels (Topsector HTSM, t. +31 611 56 71 54) // Mark Schmets (Topsector Chemie, t. +31 630 36 92 39) // Martijn de Graaff (applied research organisations, t. +31 622 26 08 71)