Chemical Technologies for Climate Adaptation – Mission Topteam, Germany
In the week of 9 september the Topteam Chemistry visited Germany with the purpose to explore further potential for transnational collaboration on the crucial innovations needed to tackle the transitions the sector needs to go through. Both on CO2 reduction and on reaching a circular economy. The team was joined by Prof.dr.ir. Richard van de Sanden leading the national platform on electrochemical conversion and materials, Prof.Dr.Ir. Jos Keurentjes championing the National Platform on Chemical Recycling and Prof.dr. Katja Loos heading the Soft Advanced Materials consortium.
Talks were held with relevant ministries like BMBF, and the Bundesland NRW (relevant as integral part of ARRRA hosting the largest interconnected chemical cluser in the world), leading Fraunhofer and Helmzolz instututes. The team also visited startup Iteratec (microreactors for Fisher Tropsch) and the Energylab 2.0 at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology , an impressive demo industry of the future” as part of the 100M€ Kopernikus project. In both formal and informal settings the team engaged in discussions with a number of scientists, chemical associations (industrial and thinktank) and some of the larger German chemical industries on the transition challenges and the interdependency of solutions and future availability of renewable energy and feedstock.
The topteam agreed to follow-up the discussions and leads with an in-depth bilateral workshop on the ECCM themes in 2020 and explore options for joint projects and/or calls. Keep track of our newsletter for further announcements.