Electrochemistry offers major opportunities

Electrochemistry offers major opportunities for converting resources such as biomass, CO2 and nitrogen directly into fuels and intermediate products for plastics using sustainable energy. Rather than using the Haber-Bosch process, fertiliser can be produced electrochemically from nitrogen, for example. Considering that the current process is the world’s most energy-intensive chemical production process, accounting for 3% to 5% of the world’s CO2 emissions, a new technique carries enormous potential for decarbonisation, and it can also contribute to the energy storage challenge. Chemical companies are working together with energy companies and knowledge institutions in a variety of partnerships in The Netherlands to put this sort of technology into practice.

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