Harnessing Renewables for a Sustainable Future

04/06/2024 h 11:30 Thor Central, Thor Park - Genk, Belgium

Harnessing Renewables for a Sustainable Future

Making sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials solely from renewable energy, water and abundantly available resources is a promising pathway for climate change mitigation. Join EnergyVille, a European innovation hotspot for research into sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems, for an exciting exchange at the crossroads of R&I, policy and investment around Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU), power-to-X and solar-to-X technologies.

On December 2023, the European Innovation Council (EIC) published a €24 Mio. challenge dedicated to solar-to-X technologies. EnergyVille takes this open call as an occasion to organise a two-day event around innovations providing fossil-free products for diverse sectors, such as renewable hydrogen, sustainable aviation fuels or green fertilizers.

Discussions will span the whole innovation chain: latest results from excellent academic research, ways to scale up innovative solar-to-X technologies, demonstrations of mature solutions on their way to commercialisation and their integration into the existing energy system.

The conference is organised by EIC, imec, EuroTech Universities Alliance, EU projects CATART, CONDOR and FlowPhotoChem, EU SUNERGY initiative.

What you can expect 

  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-play of solar-to-x technologies 
  • Pitch your project or present your results in diverse working groups 
  • Exchange with leading academics, visionary entrepreneurs, industrial leaders, policymakers, and investors 
  • Discuss ways to move from technology readiness levels to manufacturing readiness levels 
  • Explore viable business models for solar-to-x technologies 
  • Contribute to the development of a holistic techno-sustainability methodology 
  • Find partners for future projects and enjoy ample opportunities to network

Topics covered 

  • From a societal need to technological innovation: policy, industrialization and investors session 
  • Solar-to-X devices: where are we now? 
  • The devices of tomorrow: with biotechnology, autonomous operation and computational materials science to fully sustainable devices 
  • Transition of technology to (social) innovation: techno-sustainability assessment, social challenges and opportunities and market considerations 
  • Standards, common metrics, fair benchmarking: key enablers for upscaling technology

How to join the conference

The event will be held on June 4th and 5th, 2024, in presence at the EnergyVille headquarters, located in the Thor Park of Genk, Belgium.

The conference will offer the opportunity to present your innovation, either in form of a project pitch or by exhibiting a demonstrator (tangible, no poster). Time and space for both are limited: the organizers reserve the right to select pitches and demonstrators to ensure a wide coverage in terms of topics and presenters.

The preliminary agenda can be found on the event's official webpage, as well as the registration form. Registration, mandatory to join the event, is free.