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Carbon2Chem Project Waste Gas or Valuable Raw Material? Turning Emissions into Chemicals

| Author/ Editor: Dominik Stephan* / Dominik Stephan

Future chemicals could be generated from shale gas, biomass, residual materials and waste gas — In fact, chemical companies and institutes around the world are working on the material use of CO2 and other effluents. Are projects like Carbon2Chem bringing about a new era of recycling management?

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Chemicals from the smokestack: Even a waste gas like CO2 can become a feedstock - and, thanks to demand side mangement, support the energy transition.
Chemicals from the smokestack: Even a waste gas like CO2 can become a feedstock - and, thanks to demand side mangement, support the energy transition.
(Source: Jenny Beeger)

A climate-neutral smelter. Chemistry from waste gases. Innovative power storage. These are the aims of the Carbon2Chem project, which wants to use emissions from the steel industry to produce chemicals. If applied consistently, 10 % of the CO2 emissions of an industrialised country like Germany could be avoided, according to experts.

The synthesis of ammonia and methanol from CO, CO2 and hydrogen are particularly promising. This would make two tried-and-tested basic chemicals of which several million tons are needed worldwide available from renewable sources.