Con­sor­tium led by Cove­stro to use waste gas from steel plants to make plas­tic

Chemical Industry Digest - - Renewables -

Anew con­sor­tium of 14 part­ners from seven coun­tries, led by Cove­stro, is plan­ning to in­ves­ti­gate how flue gas from the steel in­dus­try can be used to pro­duce plas­tics in an ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able way.

This new process if de­vel­oped and com­mer­cialised would save crude oil. Euro­pean Union would pro­vide 8 mil­lion euro fund­ing to the cross-sec­tor project called Car­bon 4 Pur for a 3 year frame. The in­dus­trial part­ners will lever­age this con­tri­bu­tion by fur­ther in­vest­ments.

The new project in­tro­duces a co­op­er­a­tion ex­tend­ing from the waste gas source to the plas­tics man­u­fac­turer. Specif­i­cally, the project aims to use mix­tures of car­bon diox­ide and car­bon monox­ide, which are gen­er­ated dur­ing steel pro­duc­tion, to pro­duce poly­ols — key com­po­nents of polyurethane-based in­su­lat­ing ma­te­ri­als and coat­ings that are oth­er­wise ob­tained from crude oil.

The process be­ing de­vel­oped elim­i­nates the re­source in­ten­sive step of sep­a­rat­ing the waste gas into its dif­fer­ent com­po­nents. In­stead, the gas mix­ture will be sub­jected to a chemo­cat­alytic process and con­verted di­rectly into build­ing blocks and in­ter­me­di­ates for polyurethanes. This can re­duce its car­bon foot­print by 20 to 60 %.

The gas re­cov­ery project con­sor­tium in­cludes aca­demic and in­sti­tu­tional part­ners such as RWTH Aachen Univer­sity, TU Ber­lin, Dechema, Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, the Uni­ver­si­ties of Gent and Lei­den, the French Com­mis­sariat à l’én­ergieatomique et aux én­er­gies al­ter­na­tives, South Pole Car­bon As­set Man­age­ment, Grand Port Mar­itime de Mar­seille and PNO In­no­vatiead­vies.

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