Session 2.5.1

New materials for green energy production


Materials for green energy production, global resources, recycling, metals



  • KN: Daniel G. NOCERA (Harvard University, USA)

  • IL1: Evi PETAVRATZI (British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK)

  • IL2: Christian HAGELÜKEN (UMICORE, Brussels, BE; Hanau, DE)

  • IL3 Callie BABBITT (Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA)

  • IL4: Qiang XU (AIST & Kobe university, JP)


Available and affordable energy is today a key challenge for humanity. The confirmation that global warming is due to the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, together with the uneven global distribution of energy sources, requires drastic changes in the way we generate and supply energy. To deal with those challenges it is needed to develop innovative strategies to reduce the costs of generating energy from renewable sources, and develop greener, cheaper and scalable technologies for energy production and storage. Moreover, these technologies must rely on earth-abundant and recyclable materials selected according to their entire life-cycle impact, as well as on clean and affordable processes, to ensure longterm sustainability. New materials for green energy can play a role on different levels: as building blocks of renewable energy production devices (Photovoltaic, Windmill…) or of energy storage modules (batteries, capacitors), as catalysts for renewable and sustainable fuel production, as key element for energy saving by energy conversion (Thermoelectricity etc). This session will then be dedicated to those challenges and will provide insights in new materials for green energy (including raw materials availability and costs dimensions) such as recycling processes of those materials with presentations of successes and challenges.