The company Covestro is nominated for the German Presidents Award DZP and the EU funded Carbon4PUR builds on this success by turning steel sector emissions into carbon for the plastics industry.
Dr Christoph Gürtler, Prof Walter Leitner and Dr Berit Stange have have proven that CO2 currently emitted by industries to the atmosphere could be turned into tangible and marketable materials for future products. Researchers and industry have joined forces to turn industrial waste gases (mixed CO/CO2 steams) into intermediates for polyurethane plastics for rigid foams/building insulation and coatings. The nominees have developed a chemical process based on a custom catalyst which utilizes carbon dioxide to produce polyols - a component of plastics used in a variety of different applications. They adapted the process in such a way that it can be incorporated into existing industrial processes so the economic and ecological potential is huge.
Global demand for polyol amounts to around 4 m tons per year. If only 10% of this amount were produced with carbon dioxide derived from exhaust emissions and waste gas, up to 150,000 tons of fossil raw materials could be saved annually - and at the same time, an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions. Their goal is to use this technology for numerous applications - and lead the way to an even more sustainable chemical sector.
The award will be announced on the 27 of November.
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