Leverkusen, Germany -- A project which uses waste CO2 to manufacture polyether polycarbonate polyols (PPPs) for use in polyurethanes has secured over Euro 4.5 million ($5.3 million) of financing over three years from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
A team of researchers from Bayer MaterialScience and Bayer Technology Services, working with partners RWE Power AG and RWTH Aachen University, have been studying how to use CO2 sustainably, a 7 June Bayer statement said, adding that the key technology is catalysis.
"As an ultra-efficient organic insulating material, polyurethanes save around 80 times more energy during their service life than is required for their production. This ensures that PPPs have a doubly positive effect on climate protection," Patrick Thomas, ceo of BMS, said in the statement.
The aim of the current project, Bayer said, is to construct and commission a pilot plant at Chempark Leverkusen in Germany for kilogram-scale production of PPPs for PU applications. (RD)