Decarbonization Johnson Matthey, NextChem to Develop ‘Waste-to-Methanol’ Technology

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Johnson Matthey and NextChem’s MyRechemical have plans to commercially develop the ‘waste-to-methanol’ technology across the globe. The methanol derived from the technology can be used for producing low-carbon fuels as well as be used as a raw material in the chemical and plastic industries.

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Methanol can be used as a fuel in transportation and, critically, is a potential enabler for decarbonization.
Methanol can be used as a fuel in transportation and, critically, is a potential enabler for decarbonization.
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London/United Kingdom – A new milestone in Maire Tecnimont Group’s green acceleration roadmap: MyRechemical, NextChem’s subsidiary dedicated to waste-to-chemical technologies, and Johnson Matthey (JM) will jointly cooperate to commercially develop the ‘waste-to-methanol’ technology worldwide.

This waste-to-methanol technology has its roots in the chemical conversion of non-recyclable municipal waste, which would otherwise be disposed in landfill or incinerated, into valuable syngas used to produce methanol. Through the chemical conversion of non-recyclable municipal and industrial waste, mainly plastic and dry waste, the resulting hydrogen and carbon oxides can be used to produce more sustainable chemical products.

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The methanol derived from this process can be used as an intermediate for low-carbon additives in the blending of gasoline and diesel, replacing the fossil-based component with one derived from recycling, as well as a raw material for the chemical, construction and plastic industries. Ultimately this ensures a lower carbon footprint, demonstrating the sustainability of this technology. Methanol is an important intermediate product used in many goods that play a role in everyday life such as resins, plastics, insulation and fibers. It can be used as a fuel in transportation and, critically, is a potential enabler for decarbonization.

This agreement involves JM’s proven syngas-to-methanol technology, which transforms synthesis gas using a robust and reliable chemical catalytic process to implement new waste-to-methanol plants. Additionally, MyRechemical will integrate JM’s syngas-to-methanol technology into the waste-to-chemical process in order to commercialize this waste-to-methanol technology worldwide.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Chief Executive Officer of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem, commented: "Circular methanol obtained from the technology on which we are partnering with JM can be used in better performing, low-carbon fuels for sustainable mobility, for example for the shipping sector, and as a more sustainable product for the chemical industry. There is a wide and promising market for such a product, aimed at driving the industry towards the use of more sustainable feedstocks, avoiding the consumption of natural resources. This technology, which is immediately applicable, provides a concrete answer to these needs.”

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