Partnering with the industry
To accelerate the development of sustainable chemistry, we cooperate with peers, sharing risks and resources that brings about mutual benefits. Open innovation allows us to team up with key players in the markets we serve, enhancing our pioneering technology.
In the coming years Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells will have a significant impact on the modern auto-industry in the EU, thus requiring the development of a new manufacturing approach which facilitates high volume capability throughout the supply chain – from sub-component through the stack assembly.
VOLUMETRIQ, a H2020 project in the frame of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells joint undertaking initiative, aims to develop an EU-centric supply base for automotive PEM fuel cell stacks and their key components with volume manufacturing capability and embedded quality control at its heart.
It gathers key players active in this industry among which Solvay, which high-performance Aquivion® PFSA, proven to be a key enabler for commercial electrical storage and conversion devices.
The focus of the work in VOLUMETRIQ is to:
- Solve technical problems that are relevant and important to the industry
- Reduce costs and advance market acceptability
- File patent protectable ideas
- Transform technologies and processes into viable commercial products
This project will ultimately demonstrate operational OEM stack performance requirements, with production readiness via validated volume capable manufacturing processes and quality control systems, for both automotive fuel cell stack platform and for major constituent cell components. The project will validate a complete “at scale” stack production package which will be overseen by the automotive OEMs, BMW and Daimler.
Peróxidos do Brasil
Together with Produtos Quimicos Makay, Solvay is developing small, cost-effective hydrogen peroxide units for installation at customers’ sites. Particularly well suited for pulp and paper production plants in remote areas, this concept will allow us to operate cost-effective production units (of sizes between 5,000 and 15,000 metric tons per year) in safe and reliable conditions.
European F³ Factory consortium
Solvay was part of the European collaborative initiative F³ Factory aiming at developing radically new, implementable modular production units.
Supported by 7 industrial case studies, the project proved the “fast and flexible” production concept by developing a container-based modular technology. This “Plug & Produce” approach integrates innovative continuous technologies like intensified reactors and compact downstream equipment.
The €30 million Public-Private Partnership project gathered, during 4 years, 26 interdisciplinary teams from academics and chemical companies such as Solvay, Bayer, BASF, Evonik and Arkema.
Axelera was set up by Solvay, GDF Suez, Arkema, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the IFP (French Petroleum Institute) in 2005. With the aim of accelerating the development of sustainable chemistry, it gathers over 270 partners and is currently working on over 180 certified R&I programs, with global financing of €560 million provided by its members.
Successful endeavors from this partnership include:
Process intensification: Making new tools available to chemistry to reconcile environmental efficiency and production performance is the vocation of process intensification. Successful results include intensified lab tools to acquire basic process data in order to optimize energy use; and a pilot wired-type reactor , which will perfect fast reactions and provide a more reliable industrial extrapolation.
PHYCO®: The phytoremediation of organic compounds, this green process reduces the aromatic organo-chlorinated compounds from groundwater by up to 99 percent and lowers effluent ecotoxicity.
Duramat: This project was founded to make new materials that address key environmental issues. It has advanced particularly well in biofuels, tires, and consumer products.
Axelera initiated the formation of IDEEL in order to develop cleaner and more efficient industrial processes and transform industrial waste into marketable products or new energy sources. We are currently engaged in the BIOMAT platform to evaluate polymeric material of low environmental footprint and in a program aimed at developing solutions to capture and valorize CO2 from a lab scale to industrialization.