Scaling up the Energy Conversion Problem

ENERGY-X project launched to build a roadmap addressing conversion of renewable energy into chemical form



The ENERGY-X project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 FET programme, kicked-off March 4, 2019, in Prague. It will mobilise European researchers and industry over the next 12 months to build a strategic roadmap towards a large-scale research initiative addressing the efficient conversion of solar and wind energy into chemical form.


ENERGY-X will contribute to new science and disruptive technology in the field of molecular and interfacial catalysis, and will combine this ambition with scale-up to industrially relevant conditions by integrating with European industry. Three central chemical processes for converting water, CO2, and N2 to fuels and base chemicals are the scientific targets.


ENERGY-X brings together an interdisciplinary academic research (chemistry, physics, engineering, economics and social science) with cross-industrial technological expertise (chemistry, engineering, utilities, mobility, agriculture) to provide a platform for future chemical energy conversion technology in Europe. It will consolidate and enhance the global leadership role of the European energy and chemical industry, benefitting job creation and sustainable growth in the EU.


The ENERGY-X is a Coordination and Support Action that includes 13 partners across Europe (Technical University of Denmark, Max Planck Society, Ghent University, Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, CEA, Czech Academy of Sciences, Utrecht University, ERIC aisbl, ETH Zürich, RWI, Technical University of Valencia, DECHEMA, and EERA aisbl), and is supported by a large group of industrial companies.


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