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CroCO2PETs - enCO2re

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Description

Climate protection by means of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) relies on CO2-utilizing, energy saving, and low carbon footprint chemistry, which has the potential to substitute established mass products by means of CO2-containing compounds. Polyether polyols (PETs) are such a mass intermediate. First CO2-containing PETs are about to enter the market.

It is important to note that the reductions of the global warming impact result from

- the capture of CO2 e.g. from flue gas, and chemical fixation of the respective CO2
- the substitution of energy intensive raw materials by means of low-energy materials, and
- novel, energy efficient processes.

These three mechanisms lead to a reduction of up to 3 kg CO2-equivalent GHG emissions by the incorporation of only one kg CO2 into CO2-PET. Taking into account the global polyol production these new polymers have the potential to reduce GHG emissions by an order of magnitude of 1 million tons per year. Moreover, the utilization of CO2 as raw material vitalizes an alternative carbon source, which can significantly reduce fossil depletion by chemical production.

Cross-linkable CO2-PETs have the potential to considerably extend the product portfolio of CO2-polyols. The Climate-KIC innovation project ‘Dream Products’ has successfully been taking first decisive steps towards the production of cross-linkable PETs at 50 kg scale. To make these compounds real ‘drop-in solutions’, a matrix of material properties and specifications of existing products has yet to be met. Four product groups are in focus covering a broad spectrum of elastomer applications. Frequently refined assessment of technical feasibilities, life cycles, economic potentials and entrepreneurial leverages facilitate decision-making on implementation of results and market launches. 

CroCO2PETs (Climate-KIC enCO2re)

Partners

Covestro Deutschland AG

Technische Universität Berlin

RWTH Aachen University (IKV, LTT, ITA, CAT)

Researchers

Georg Buchner

TEA Guide: Technology assessment guidelines to increase CO2 utilisation

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Description

CO2 utilisation has a vast emissions mitigation and large market potential. Currently, a lack of assessment guidelines is slowing down its commercialisation. This project proposes to design such guidelines in a collaboration of leading researchers, key organisations and external experts. Stakeholder involvement, case studies and strong outreach activities will ensure high adoption rates of the guidelines.

Partners

IASS Potsdam

RWTH Aachen

The University of Sheffield

 

Researchers

Arno Zimmermann

Johannes Wunderlich

Georg Buchner

 

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