World Corrosion Organization



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November 2020

17 - 18 November 2020

WCO Workshop - Corrosion in low-carbon energies (renewables, nuclear & carbon capture): issues and solutions

Over the past decades, low-carbon energies have emerged as a strategic priority to decrease CO2 releases in the atmosphere and so to limit the global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, includes as low-carbon energies: renewable energies, nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage.

The development of these energies rises corrosion issues presented and discussed during the workshop. For instance, the capture and storage of carbon technology needs the improvement of the understanding of the reaction mechanisms and interactions with the different materials used in gaseous, dissolved, dense phase and supercritical CO2. The development of geothermal energy is also linked to the selection of appropriate materials. Near-shore and off-shore wind turbines face seawater corrosion together with seawater turbines. In nuclear energy, corrosion issues are mainly related to safety, availability and economy. For solar energies, corrosion phenomena are also encountered both in photovoltaic and in thermal solar technologies.

This interactive workshop provides the opportunity to learn and to exchange on corrosion issues and remedies in the new and developing fields of “green energies”.


Local organizers: Institute of Corrosion Science and Technology (ICoST) Institute of Metal research (IMR), Chinese Academy of Sciences National Engineering Center for Corrosion Control (NEC3) CAS Engineering Laboratory for Corrosion Control (CAS-ELC2)

: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Guangzhou - Science City, 18 ShuiXi Road, Huang Pu District, Guangzhou, 510530, China

September 2020

7 - 11 September 2020

Virtual EUROCORR 2020

Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, this year's EUROCORR will be a virtual event.

Christiane Hirsch DECHEMA e.V. International Relations Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25 60486 Frankfurt am Main Germany Phone +49 69 7564 158 FAX +49 69 7564 299 eMail:

Virtual event

6 - 10 September 2020

EFC-WCO workshop - Corrosion in Low Carbon Energy Technologies

In recent years, low carbon energy technologies have emerged as a strategic priority to decrease CO2 emissions and improve air quality. This workshop will focus on corrosion issues in what are often called “sustainable”, “green” or “near-neutral carbon” technologies, including energy production (renewables, biofuels…) and energy conversion and storage (batteries, hydrogen, CO2 storage…).

 For instance, the development of geothermal energy is linked to the selection of appropriate materials under severe corrosion and scaling conditions. Near-shore and off-shore wind turbine structures face seawater corrosion, while the production of biofuels from vegetable waste also faces new corrosion challenges to be solved. In fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries, corrosion issues are mainly related to performance, lifetime and safety. For solar power, corrosion phenomena are also encountered both in photovoltaic and in thermal solar technologies. Even well-established technologies such as hydroelectric power require advances in the performance of new materials and more reliable lifetime prediction.


This workshop provides the opportunity to learn and to exchange information on corrosion issues and mitigation strategies in the new and developing fields of “green energy”.


August 2020

19 - 21 August 2020

15° Colombian Corrosion and Protection Congress

Medellín, Colombia

April 2020

24 April 2020

Corrosion Awareness Day 2020 Webinar - Corrosion and Low Carbon Energies

The COVID-19 crisis has an impact on nearly every aspect of life and we hope that you and your families are well. Nevertheless, life goes on and Corrosion Awareness Day is approaching rapidly.

This year the World Corrosion Organization (WCO) has organized a Webinar dealing with Corrosion and Low Carbon Energies. The topic is of paramount interest at the moment because of the shift from fossil fuel-based energy production to low carbon energies.

WCO has organized a panel of internationally renowned speakers on this topic.


Friday, 24th April 2020, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST


Chair: Damien Féron (CEA, France)

  • Raul R. Rebak (GE, USA): Environmental Degradation of Light Water Reactor Fuel Rods in the Entire Fuel Cycle
  • Digby D. Macdonald (University of California at Berkeley, USA): Corrosion issues in Fusion Reactors
  • Gareth Hinds (NPL, UK): Cost reduction of water electrolysers via insights into anode current collector corrosion
  • Ralph Bässler (BAM, Germany): Corrosive CO2-stream components, challenging for materials to be used in CC(U)s applications
  • Polina Volovitch (ENSCP, France): Corrosion & solar panels


You can listen to the presentations which show the state of the art and discuss current developments with the experts.

To obtain further information on how to access the webinar please email:

24 April 2020

Corrosion Awareness Day

Corrosion Awareness Day highlights the estimated US$2.5 trillion annual cost of corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialized countries) reflecting in part many decision-makers in industry and government not fully understanding the consequences of corrosion and how critical it is to control it.

If you were able to participate in and/or organize events for Corrosion Awareness Day this year we would love to hear from you! Contact us at  with photos/links of your events and we will post them here on our page.