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Turning industrial waste gases (mixed CO/CO2 streams) into intermediates for polyurethane plastics for rigid foams/building insulation and coatings

Objective

The EU process industry needs to become less dependent of fossils as source of carbon, and – at the same time - to reduce the greenhouse effect by decarbonizing the economy. Carbon4PUR will tackle the two challenges at the same time by transforming the CO2/CO containing flue gas streams of the energy-intensive industry into higher value intermediates for market-oriented consumer products. The industrially driven, multidisciplinary consortium will develop and demonstrate a novel process based on direct chemical flue gas mixture conversion, avoiding expensive physical separation, thus substantially reducing the carbon footprint, and also contributing to high monetary savings.
Both the consortium and the work are organized along the full value chain starting with the provision and conditioning of industrial emissions from a steel to a chemical company in line with the concept of industrial symbiosis, going through the transformation into chemical building blocks which will be further transformed into polymer intermediates and flow into desired sustainable polyurethane applications of rigid foams and coatings. LCA and technology evaluation will be done and replication strategies to transfer the technology to other applications will be elaborated. The distinctive feature of the developed process is avoiding resource-intense separation of the gas components before the synthesis, and developing a chemo-catalytic process to deal directly with the gas mixture instead. The challenge and innovation is coming up with an adjustable process in terms of on-purpose and demand tailor-made production of required products, taking into account all variables at the same time: the available flue gases characteristic from the steel plant, material and process parameters, and the market requirements for the end product, thus flexibly involving the whole value chain with best results and possibly lower the prices.

Call for proposal

H2020-SPIRE-2017
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Coordinator

COVESTRO DEUTSCHLAND AG
Address
Kaiser Wilhelm Allee 60
51373 Leverkusen
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 832 250

Participants (13)

RECTICEL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 336 335
Address
Avenue Du Bourget 42
1130 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VIOMICHANIA RITINON MEGARON ANASTASIOS FANIS ANONYMOS ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 320 825
Address
38Th Km Neo Athinon Korinthou Attiki
19100 Megara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 807 000
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 349 722,50
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DECHEMA GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE TECHNIK UND BIOTECHNOLOGIE E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 302 262,50
Address
Theodor Heuss Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 296 393,75
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 382 821,25
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARCELORMITTAL MAIZIERES RESEARCH SA
France
EU contribution
€ 271 875
Address
Rue Andre Campra 6 Immeuble Le Cezanne
93200 Saint Denis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOUTH POLE CARBON ASSET MANAGEMENT AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 304 213,74
Address
Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GRAND PORT MARITIME DE MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 136 250
Address
Place De La Joliette 23
13226 Marseille
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 106 047,50
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PNO CONSULTANTS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 219 375,01
Address
Laan Van Zuid Hoorn 15
2289 DC Rijswijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 99 987,50
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments