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Production of Cyclic Carbonates from CO2 using Renewable Feedstocks

Production of Cyclic Carbonates from CO2 using Renewable Feedstocks

Objective

The concept of CyclicCO2R is to create a process that removes the dependency on fossil fuel and increases the energy efficiency to create a net CO2 uptake in the production of cyclic carbonates. This objective will be reached by basing the process on the use of renewables and CO2 in the production of cyclic carbonates. Two routes will be explored: 1) production of glycerol carbonate methacrylate from epichlorohydrin and CO2 and 2) production of propylene carbonate from propylene oxide and propylene glycol with CO2
The focus will be on:
1) Development of the optimal catalyst-process combination both in activity, catalyst recoverability and optimal immobilization technique;
2) Intensification of the reactions in a flow reactor focusing on energy efficiency and increased product yields;
3) Creating a miniplant scale process which starts with the renewable raw materials and CO2 and produces cyclic carbonates;
4) Completion of designs and engineering of a scaled-up process integrated with a chemicals plant so that the developed technology is directly transferrable to industry;

Furthermore the feasibility of using CO2 in combination with water to produce intermediates of the cyclic carbonate production directly will be evaluated (currently photocatalytic and electrocatalytic processes with a high selectivity, but a low yield). If this is possible, in the future, the production of cyclic carbonates from CO2, water and energy (available at the same location) will become possible. It will increase the CO2 utilisation in the production of cyclic carbonates.

The proposal will create a new industrial process in which renewables and CO2 are used to create value products and reduce GHG emissions.
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

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Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 Da Den Haag

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 830 632,20

Administrative Contact

Erin Schols (Dr.)

Participants (9)

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STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 558 119

CRI EHF

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 443 208

FEYECON DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 470 365

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 49 293,04

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 523 522

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 222 500

EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 754 294,76

EVONIK CREAVIS GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 309497

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 254 690,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 851 934

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

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