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Researchers Hope That Renewable Energy Will Facilitate CO2 Utilization

| Editor: Sonja Beyer

Renewable energy will hopefully breathe life into the concept of sustainable carbon dioxide utilization.
Renewable energy will hopefully breathe life into the concept of sustainable carbon dioxide utilization. (Illustration: BASF, Fotolia; [M]-Frank)

The chemical and power generation industries have joined forces in the CO2rrect research initiative to couple CO2 utilization and renewable energy. Hydrogen and the development of new electrolysis systems have a central role to play.

Is Carbon Capture and Usage the answer to the worldwide CO2 problem? Given the emission volumes from large coal-fired power stations (e.g., the one in Niederaußem/Germany) that seems unlikely, but energy giant RWE sees it as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. “We may achieve a two-fold benefit. Since we avoid CO2 emissions, we will no longer need CO2 certificates, and we can sell the CO2 to industrial customers,” explained Dr. Johannes Heithoff who is in charge of R&D at RWE Power. His potential target market includes the chemical industry which is exploring CO2 utilization routes. RWE is playing an active role in the new CO2rrect (CO2-reaction using regenerative energies and catalytic technologies) research initiative. Under the leadership of Bayer Technology Services (BTS), a consortium is looking at ways of coupling greenhouse gas utilization and renewable energy, and it hopes to develop new hydrogen electrolysis technology. Bayer Material Science, Siemens and ten scientific partners are also members of the consortium.

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