05 July 2013 16:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience is planning the construction of a commercial scale plant using novel technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into polyether polyols, the Germany-based specialty chemical producer's CEO said on Friday.
The project, with a capacity of just under 10,000 tonnes/year, will use catalyst technology already proven at a pilot plant in Leverkusen, Germany, to produce polyols which can be used as a feedstock for polyurethane production, said CEO Patrick Thomas.
“We call this the ‘Dream Production’ process which started when we decided to try and find some catalysts to allow us to put C02 into polymer chains. We’ve successfully now proved with a power station chimney that we can take CO2 at a pilot scale and make it into a polyether polyol that can be used in polyurethanes.”
He added: “What we intend to do next is build a commercial-scale unit which will have a capacity of somewhere under 10,000 tonnes/year which will be online in 2015 to serve the market with realistic quantities for commercial use.”
Thomas said the company is currently investigating whether to keep the technology in-house, or licence it: “We’re testing people’s views on that right as we speak.”
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