The energy storage challenge: which contribution from chemical sciences?

11-02-2014 14:30 - 17:00
European Parliament Brussels - Altiero Spinelli (ASP) A1E-2
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The aim of this workshop is to present the role of chemistry in energy storage.

The energy challenge is one the most critical issues that Europe is facing nowadays. The security of energy supply is intimately linked to the need of generating and storing energy in an environmentally appropriate and sustainable manner.

Chemistry will be a crucial actor in designing a future energy scenario built on innovative technologies and new materials that will both save energy and protect the environment. 

The workshop will demonstrate the two main possibilities to store energy that require the contribution and development of the chemical sciences: Firstly physical devices, such as batteries or super-capacitors; and secondly the storage of energy (e.g. from renewable energy sources) in the chemical bonds of a compound, to release the stored energy at another time and place. It will thus highlight the opportunities for Europe to compete with America and Asia in this economically important field.



STOA Workshop

Co-organised with the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)



Opening session

  • Welcome by António Correia de Campos, STOA Chairman, MEP
  • Welcome by Ulrich Schubert, EuCheMS President

Keynote speech:

  • Chemical Sciences for Energy storage: a societal challenge
    Prof. Serdar Sariciftci, Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU) Linz.

Scientific presentations

  • Artificial photosynthesis, Prof. Gabriele Centi , University of Messina
  • Chemical aspects of hydrogen technology, Prof. Neil Champness , University of Nottingham
  • Energy Storage , Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth , Max-Planck-Institut
  • Materials for energy storage, Prof. Kristina Edstrom - University Uppsala

Panel discussion  

All speakers and a representative of chemical industry:

  • Fabrice Stassin (Umicore)

Closing remarks

  •   David Cole-Hamilton , EuCheMS President Elect
  •   António Correia de Campos , STOA Chair