If we want to succeed in the transition to a sustainable society, we will need to rethink the use of our global energy resources. At ARC CBBC, we aim to reinvent chemistry to create low-energy processes and the energy carriers of tomorrow.
The role of chemistry
The chemical industry currently needs a lot of energy to manufacture our everyday necessities: from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to plastics and detergents. What if the chemical industry were not only to switch to sustainable energy, but to also fundamentally change its production processes? What if our researchers were to find new ways to create the same products, applying new production processes that require only a fraction of the energy currently used?
ARC CBBC’s contribution to the energy transition
The researchers at ARC CBBC are currently focusing on the substitution of energy-intensive chemical processes with new methods that require far less energy or rely on completely different energy sources. To develop these new production methods, our researchers are investigating innovative and more efficient catalysts that enable the use of green and renewable sources of energy. Light and electricity can be used in manufacturing processes rather than heating reactors, for example.
We are also investigating how the development of new catalytic technologies will allow for the large-scale production of energy carriers such as hydrogen, and examining ways to convert greenhouse emissions such as carbon dioxide and biomethane. Our researchers are also looking into alternatives for the production of coatings and new materials of the future (e.g. materials that designed to be recycled).
ARC CBBC’s impact
ARC CBBC is working towards the transition to a sustainable and energy-efficient future by developing alternative methods to energy-intensive processes. Our aim is to considerably lower the energy consumption of the manufacturing industry with a view to reducing the global carbon impact resulting from the production of goods, commodity products and chemical materials.
Read more about our contribution to the feedstock transition and the materials transition and learn all about our research projects to gain a better understanding of the role played by ARC CBBC in the transition to a sustainable society.