ENERGY-X will address one of the grandest challenges of modern society: how can we give a growing number of people on Earth the required energy and materials, and can we do this in such a way that we reduce our environmental footprint and abate climate change?
ENERGY-X addresses the essential missing component (X) in the future European energy and chemical production landscape: technologies to replace fossil resources.
ENERGY-X will provide the disruptive new science and technology enabling efficient conversion of solar energy into chemical form and will combine this ambition with scale-up to industrially relevant scale by integrating with European industry. To enable efficient energy conversion we need discovery of new catalysts as well as novel integrated conversion approaches. The enabling science is molecular and interfacial catalysis.
The currently available performance of these technologies is critically insufficient to use them as elements in an economically viable energy system. Efficiency, stability and the use of rare materials are the critical shortcomings. ENERGY-X uses fundamental scientific concepts about interfacial processes to generate a platform for sustainable solutions.
ENERGY-X brings together interdisciplinary academic research (chemistry, engineering, information science, social science) with cross-industrial technological expertise (chemical, engineering, information technology, utilities, mobility) to provide a platform for future Chemical energy conversion technology in Europe.
Three central chemical processes converting water, CO2 and base chemicals are the scientific targets. The approach is to aggregate fragmented knowledge and excellence throughout Europe creating the critical mass of scientific power to overcome the unresolved barriers for these chemical conversion technologies. ENERGY-X will not only create scalable scientific solutions but also transfer this knowledge into two demonstrator projects, namely, the manufacturing of carbon-neutral aviation fuels and the decentralized production of fertilizers with no CO2 footprint.
The defossilization of air traffic as an example that is very hard to electrify and that gives immediate benefit to European industry as well as to each European citizen. The other demonstrator concerns fertilizer production at the point of use with no CO2 footprint. Decentralized fertilizer production will provide a game changing technology for farmers.