TNO aims to commission a demonstration plant by 2030 that will make plastics from CO2 in a sustainable way.
Alta Carbon Technologies , partner of FutureCarbonNL, is starting a pilot at Valuepark Terneuzen to convert CO2 and gases from the chemical industry into a liquid for batteries.
The advisory committee of the National Growth Fund (NGF) has not honoured FutureCarbonNL's proposal submitted for Round 3. Economic Affairs Minister Adriaansens announced this on Friday.
Carbon is everywhere in our daily lives, including energy, building materials, food, textiles and chemicals. Currently, we consume 550 megatons(1) of carbon-based materials and energy. Of this, nearly 88% comes from fossil resources and 12% consists of CO2, recycling and bio-carbon sources. Carbon use is expected to double to 1,150 megatons by 2050.
Rapidly reducing CO2 emissions to limit further global warming is the biggest challenge for this century. We can achieve this by no longer using coal, oil and natural gas as energy sources. In some industrial processes, but also in energy recovery from non-recyclable waste streams, it is sometimes difficult to reduce CO2 emissions quickly. In that case, it is also possible to capture the CO2 and store it in empty gas fields or use it as a new raw material. Twence is committed to both options.
Dimethyl ether (DME) is a still relatively unused gas, mainly used as a propellant in hairspray. It has the potential to replace diesel and LPG as a fuel for homes and SMEs or agricultural businesses that are not connected to the natural gas grid. In Europe alone, this is a huge market. TNO has developed a method to produce DME from CO2 very efficiently and cheaply. An important step from fossil to renewable and making carbon circular.
Carbon Capture and Utilisation, carbontech, recarbonisation, carbon circle closing. All concepts that are new and unfamiliar to large groups of people. In FutureCarbonNL, this all comes together in an ambitious innovation programme revolving around the reuse of CO2 and CO. In this fact sheet, we briefly and concisely explain what FutureCarbonNL is, what we want to achieve, in what way, with whom and when.
The future of carbon is circular! Underground carbon should stay underground as much as possible. Instead, we should fully commit to above-ground carbon. Much attention goes to plant material and plastic recycling as above-ground sources. But given the large and growing demand for carbon-based products, we can no longer ignore CO2 as a third route, even if it is currently expensive and requires a lot of energy.
Deep Branch has commissioned a mobile pilot unit in the port of Rotterdam that converts locally captured CO2 into proteins via a gas fermentation process. In this Carbon Craft Project, Deep Branch is collaborating with OCAP and tomato grower Duijvestein.
It is possible to modify a bacterium to turn carbon dioxide, oxygen and hydrogen into useful raw materials for vegan cheese or medicine, for example. Biochemist Sandy Schmidt wants to feed this bacterium with carbon dioxide from factory waste gases. She is hoping for funding for her research from the FutureCarbonNL innovation programme.