Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project

Electricity as a resource

Green energy for sustainable chemistry

In 2017, more than one-third of Germany’s electricity came from renewable energy sources – a growing trend. The progress of the energy transition is reducing the level of CO2 used for electricity and opening up new paths for electricity-driven production. Nine Fraunhofer in- stitutes are now pooling their competences in order to develop and optimize new electro- chemical processes, under the motto “Electricity as a resource”, for manufacturing impor- tant basic chemicals.

The renaissance of electrochemistry

A climate-neutral supply of energy and carbon-intensive raw materials is possible if there is a fun- damental transformation of the energy and raw materials system that takes societal and economic needs into account. The new “raw materials” are sustainably provided carbon and renewable, primarily fluctuating energy sources. Electrochemical processes make these raw materials available for the chemical industry and turn them into products with a “green footprint”. Electrochemical processes are key technologies for connecting the energy system to chemical production.

The Project

The Fraunhofer lighthouse project “Electricity as a resource” has now developed the necessary competences, products, processes and services for the process industry and the energy sector. They will be provided under the eSource® brand as a technological research, development and education platform.

Goals

What motivates us and what we want to achieve.

eSource® – The Platform

Electrochemistry meets process engineering – under the Fraunhofer brand eSource®. Collaborate with us to develop electrochemical innovations: From catalysts to processes, from mathematical models to local planning of production sites. Our platform will show you how.

Stakeholder dialogues

Stakeholder dialogues are a useful method to assess research and development and innovations – interdisciplinarily and interactively.

In stakeholder dialogues we put research and development to a field test. Ideas and interests are exchanged and matched with the research agenda with the help of keynotes, discussions, and interactive features. By this means stakeholder shape research and research keeps in contact to practice and society. In the past topics were (amongst others): Use of CO2, demands for electrochemical innovations, business models in a circular carbon economy, coupling of fluctuating power supply with production systems and attractive molecules for electrochemistry.