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.
Our Volta Technology, Avantium’s cutting-edge electrocatalytic unlocks CO2 as a new carbon source for the chemical industry, enables cleaner processes through its use of electrons as reagents and allows industrial parties to reduce their CO2 emissions. By not only using up CO2 that would otherwise contribute to global warming but also making products that would traditionally be made from fossil carbon, Volta Technology means we can set our sights on a circular future sooner.
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. 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.
As part of the OCEAN programme, Avantium installed a mobile Volta Technology container unit at an RWE power plant in Germany in 2021. During a six-month period, the container operated for 1000 hours with the world’s largest gas diffusion CO2 conversion cell and successfully converted CO2, coming directly from the power plant, into potassium formate. As part of the RECODE programme, Avantium also installed a second Volta unit at a Titan cement factory in Greece. During a three-month period, Avantium’s converts CO2, coming directly from a capture facility located at the cement factory, into formate. These pre-pilot containers are an ideal way to test Avantium’s Volta Technology in real-world applications
The Volta technology platform is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.