Within the Fraunhofer lighthouse project „Electricity as resource“ nine Fraunhofer Institutes, coordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, are developing new electrochemical processes that use renewable electricity to synthesize basic chemicals. Already in 2015, when it was not yet a subject of discussion in all the relevant journals, the lighthouse project took up the issue “sector coupling of energy and production systems”. At that time an only theoretical idea was emerging: to use electricity with low CO2 emissions for electrochemical processes and the production of base chemicals. Since the start of the project in 2015, new processes have been developed, technically demonstrated and their coupling with the German energy system has been analyzed. The bundled know-how of nine Fraunhofer Institutes builds a unique platform for innovation in electrochemistry and process engineering – together with industrial and scientific partners.
The lighthouse project has two main goals: the development of new electrochemical processes and the analysis in which way these processes can be coupled best with the German power system. Technically the local production of hydrogen peroxide and the electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide to get base chemicals are in the focus of research. Modern methods for system analysis, market modeling and sustainability assessment are used to identify the advantages of the new processes compared to reference processes.