ECCM conference announced: 21-6-2019

Published on February 19, 2019

Friday 21 June the second Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will be organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed by the Dutch government. The ECCM committee is proud to announce the keynote speakers and invites experts from academia, industry, applied research organisations, government and NGO’s to submit abstracts to contribute to the three thematic parallel sessions of the conference.


  • Date & time: Friday 21 June 2018, 9:30 – 18:00 h
  • Venue: Netherlands, NH Hotel, The Hague (Pr. Margrietplantsoen 100)
  • Participation: free, including lunch: registration on the basis of first come, first serve. Registration will open March 2019 via www.topsectoren.nl and www.co2neutraalin2050.nl. Not yet on the ECCM mailing list? Please subscribe here.
  • Setup: one day conference with plenary keynote lectures from academia, industry and NGO’s. To the parallel sessions Dutch representatives from industry, scientists (group leaders), applied research organisations, government and NGO’s will contribute to an appealing programme. Interested to contribute to the parallel programme? See INVITATION FOR ABSTRACTS below or go directly to submit your 100 words abstract.
  • Language: English


All information and updates on the conference are published here.



  • Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions, Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Yang Shao-Horn, materials for electrochemical and photoelectrochemical energy storage and conversion, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  • Dr Philipp Dietrich, CEO at H2 Energy AG, Switserland
  • Dr Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate, Netherlands
  • Dr Yu Morimoto, Principal Researcher at Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc., Japan
  • Dr. Reinhold Achatz, CTO - Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation & Sustainability, thyssenkrupp AG, Germany
  • Prof. Christian Breyer, Solar Economy, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland



More keynote speakers to be announced.



In addition to the international key note lectures, the ECCM committee will compose three parallel sessions with national experts. The submission page for abstracts is open now: submit your 100 words abstract here.
Who can submit?
Experienced speakers/senior experts from knowledge institutes (universities/TO2/research institutes), industry, government and NGO’s.
For which thematic parallel sessions can abstracts be submitted?
The parallel sessions are in accordance with the three chapters of the ECCM report (in Dutch, or download the English summary):

  • System integration of electrolysis
  • Innovative electrochemistry and materials  
  • ECCM: Education, knowledge exchange, governance


What are the selection criteria?

  • Fit to the theme of the parallel session.
  • Quality of the content in the sense of technological, scientific or socio-economic approach.
  • Balance between contributions from universities/TO2/research institutes, industry, government and NGO’s.


The advisory committee will carefully consider all submitted abstracts following the selection criteria. By the end of April all applicants receive information on the outcome of the selection process.  

It is clear that in our future energy system renewable electricity will play a main role in the transition to a low carbon energy supply. This transition is facilitated by CO2 targets of national governments and requires extensive electrification. In the future, however, there will still be a need for fuels (for aviation, shipping and heavy road transport) and for chemical products and materials. These activities and associated production processes are now responsible for more than 35% of global CO2 emissions. There is a big challenge to produce these fuels and chemical products through the use of renewable electricity, at the basis of biomass and/or CO2.
In addition, solutions are needed for the problem of the imbalance between production and consumption of electricity. These solutions lie in connecting networks and production capacity (interconnection), organizing an optimal balance of supply and demand, and in direct storage of electrical energy. Storage of electricity in batteries or similar systems is an option; electrochemical production of chemicals as an energy carrier is another option. Electrochemical conversion is a promising option for long-term storage as this technology is easy scalable to the amount of energy.
During the conference the state-of-the-art in science and technology will be shared by international key notes from academia and industry. Dutch scientist and industry representatives will contribute to an appealing parallel programme related to the theme of the conference. During the conference national R&D initiatives related to the ECCM theme will be announced.

The first Electrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM) conference took place June 2018. The ECCM advisory committee published a conference proceeding summarizing the most important conclusions and the suggested next steps. The summary and results can be downloaded here.

The Advisory Committee for Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) advises the Dutch government on behalf of the top sectors HTSM, Energy and Chemistry, on what is needed to make the transition to a CO2-neutral industry based on intermittent sustainable energy generation, storage and conversion. ECCM is a cross-sectoral theme to achieve this goal. The committee coordinates efforts on this theme at national level, by initiating new cooperation initiatives and by adapting initiatives that fit within the scope of the advisory report issued by the committee. From a national perspective, the committee advises the government on which efforts are required for cooperation across the entire innovation chain.

In addition, the committee is building a true ECCM community of knowledge institutions, companies, governments and NGOs. To this end, the committee organizes conferences in the field of ECCM. In 2019 an ECCM graduate school will be introduced to further boost an ECCM community across the Netherlands.



w. www.co2neutraalin2050.nl // e. secretariaat [18] eccm-mail [368] nl (secretariaat[at]eccm-mail[dot]nl) // v. Sandra de Keijzer (Topsector Energie, t.06 42035174) // Frank Karelse (Topsector HTSM, t. 06 11567154) // Mark Schmets (Topsector Chemie, t. 06 30369239) // Martijn de Graaff (Toegepaste onderzoeksinstituten, t. 06 22260871).


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