Dormagen, Germany -- Bayer MaterialScience has announced a plan for a small production line to produce polyols from carbon dioxide gas, taking its Dream Production project to the next stage.
The German group said it will invest €15m ($20.5) in the construction of a production line at its Dormagen site, which will use CO2 to produce polyols, which are a precursor for making polyurethane foam. The line will have an annual production capacity of 5kT and first production is expected in 2016.
As previously reported at UTECH-polyurethane.com, the Dream Production project was started by Bayer MaterialScience to develop a process to turn CO2 from a waste greenhouse gas into useful products. The company developed a catalyst for the process with the CAT Catalytic Centre, a research facility in Aachen, Germany.
A two-year test phase in a pilot plant at the company’s Leverkusen site ended last year with a decision to commercialise the technology.
"Improving the sustainability of everything we do is an integral part of our business strategy and this principle is implemented in our Dream Production project. We have succeeded in turning a waste gas that is potentially harmful to the climate into a useful raw material. That helps the environment and mankind, and we all benefit," said Bayer MaterialScience chief executive officer Patrick Thomas.
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A version of this story appeared in Utech-polyurethane.com's sister-title European Plastics News on 14 May, 2014