CATALYST TECHNOLOGY
Researchers seek to create methanol from CO2 / Aimplas oversees project between Europe, Japan
Scientists from Europe and Japan are set to test a series of new catalyst systems to produce “green” methanol from CO2.

Coordinated by Spanish plastics technology centre Aimplas (Valencia; www.aimplas.net), 10 European and Japanese research organisations involved in the four-year Laurelin project hope to create methanol by hydrogenating CO2 with new catalyst technologies. These are said to have the potential to lower the energy consumption of the methanol synthesis from CO2 and therefore its cost.

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The Laurelin team is working on three technologies: microwave, non-thermal plasma induction, and magnetic induction, finalising the construction of three corresponding reactors for CO2 conversion to methanol.

The 100 samples of new catalyst materials will be compared with conventional thermal hydrogenation, which Aimplas said will help optimise the selectivity and yield of methanol production.

Renewable methanol has the potential to help decarbonise the transport sector, the Laurelin scientists said, cutting CO2 emissions by up to 95% and NOx emissions by up to 80%.
27.07.2022 Plasteurope.com [250808-0]
Published on 27.07.2022

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