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Carbon4PUR - Turning industrial waste gases (mixed CO/CO2 steams) into intermediates for polyurethane plastics for rigid foams/building insulation and coatings



The EU process industry needs to become less dependent of fossils as source of carbon, and – at the same time – to reduce the greenhouse effect by decarbonizing the economy. Carbon4PUR will tackle the two challenges at the same time by transforming steel mill gas streams of the energy-intensive industry into higher value intermediates for market-oriented consumer products.

The industrially driven, multidisciplinary consortium aims at achieving the goals of the EU Horizon 2020-SPIRE-8-2017 call by focusing on the development and demonstration of a new flexible technology for the production of value-added chemicals, polyester polyols, of carbon derived from steel mill gas.

Both the consortium and the work are organized along the full value chain starting with the provision and conditioning of industrial emissions from a steel to a chemical company in line with the concept of industrial symbiosis, going through the transformation into chemical building blocks which will be further transformed into polymer intermediates and flow into desired sustainable polyurethane applications of rigid foams and coatings.

The TU Berlin is responsible for the techno-economic assessment (TEA) of the novel process, as well as a market analysis of potential other commercial applications and CO/CO2 based polymers. Multiple scenarios of the process are analysed and compared to the benchmark process to determine its economic viability. Sensitivity studies are also conducted.

Project duration: 01.10.2017 – 30.09.2020

Website: Carbon4PUR

Project partners

Covestro Deutschland AG
Recticel N.V.
Megara Resins – Fanis Anastassios S.A.
Universiteit Gent
Universiteit Leiden
DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.
Technische Universität Berlin
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
ArcelorMittal Maizières Research
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.
Grand Port Maritime de Marseille-Fos
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
PNO Consultants B.V.
Imperial College London


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