Press release

October 2015

Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers from Sun and CO2

The usage of carbon dioxide, among experts referred to as “Carbon Capture & Utilization (UCC)”, is gaining momentum. These days several technologies are far advanced and allow production on an industrial scale in the immediate future.
The usage of CO2 with renewable energy has very high potential. Some CCU technologies are already far developed and upscaling to industrial scale is lining up; other technologies are still in the laboratory or pilot scale. Animatedly discussed was the right way of implementation, are research programs enough or are specific market incentives necessary? A particular opportunity provides the aviation sector, which could decrease its CO2 emission substantially by making use of solar aviation fuels.

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September 2015

Solar energy and CO2 utilization could cover humankind’s energy and raw material needs

The global demand for electricity, raw materials for the chemical and plastics industry as well as aviation fuel could be met by solar energy. The global military budget of only a few years would be enough to switch the world’s electric power supplies to solar energy use. About 2% of the world’s desert area would be enough to cover the global carbon demand of the chemical and plastics industry with solar and CCU (Carbon Capture & Utilization) technologies even in 2050. First life cycle assessments show that the climate footprint of solar kerosene is much better than all alternatives. The CO2 emissions per tonne solar kerosene are considerably lower than those of bio-based kerosene and about 80 to 90% lower than of petrochemical kerosene. Calculations show that compliance with the 2-degree-Celsius climate goal is only possible using solar kerosene.

These technologies mean nothing less than a sustainability revolution for all energy and raw material supply. On 29 and 30 September 2015, leading experts from politics, research and the industry will meet at the Haus der Technik in Essen, Germany, at the biggest European “Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers” to discuss latest technologies and strategies for a fast implementation.

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