Volta Technology

Imagine a world in which carbon dioxide (CO2) is no longer harmful to our future, but rather considered a useful feedstock for high value chemicals and materials.

Avantium’s Volta technology is a platform technology that uses electrochemistry to convert CO2 to high value products and chemical building blocks such as Glyoxylic Acid and Glycolic Acid. These products are predominantly used in cosmetics and polyesters. 

Converting CO2 to high-value chemicals

The Volta technology program progresses at the Avantium laboratories in the Amsterdam Science Park. We develop a platform to convert CO2 to higher value chemicals and eventually syngas. The current Volta platform has been developed by bolstering our existing electro-catalytic know-how with the acquisition of Liquid Light Inc.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas that originates as waste from the burning of fossil fuels, the production of electricity, fertilizers, chemicals, steel and cement. It is the biggest contributor to global warming. The development of electrochemistry has the potential to use CO2 as a feedstock for the sustainable production of chemicals and materials and is seen as a ’game-changer’ for the chemical industry. The result is that greenhouse gas is sequestered into products that can replace plastics and chemicals that are now produced from fossil feedstock.

The Volta laboratories are located at Amsterdam Sciencepark and the pre-scale pilot equipment is tested at Prodock. In collaboration with 35 partners in several EU-projects such as ELCOREL, PERFORM, RECODE, SunCoChem, and OCEAN, we perform R&D work to accelerate our progress and to reach deployment. Avantium is a founding member of the industrial association CO2 Value Europe, where we are part of the board and engage with companies and research institutions that share in the belief that carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies are needed for our circular future.

The Volta technology platform is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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