Case-study - Shaping a sustainable future for synthetic polymer production

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Courtesy of Climate-KIC

Consciousness of climate change mitigation and increasing costs of raw materials for energy production are set to shape the future of polymer production. The Dream Products project aims to explore the potential to partly replace petroleum with CO₂ as a base raw material for polymers with the overall goal of bringing CO₂ based products to market.

The climate change issue

The burning of fossil fuels is one of best-known sources of carbon emissions and processes like deforestation restrict the earth’s natural ability to control atmospheric CO₂ concentration. One solution is to use this surplus CO₂ for products. These can in many cases replace products dependent on fossil fuels.

The project solution

Dream Products benefits from previous successful projects in the field of CO₂ utilisation for polyurethane products. CO₂RRECT, an earlier project, discovered that hydrogen acts as a catalyst for the activation of CO₂. Further research within the Dream Products project developed a concept to synthesise CO₂-based polymers on a technical production scale. This research also proved that the use of CO₂ in polymer production is both a sustainable and feasible alternative to petroleum-based polymers.

Dream Products aims to bring the first of its CO₂ based products to market starting from 2015 earliest. The more products that are developed as CO₂ compatible, the more CO₂ can be reserved for use by this market. The project recycles CO₂, turning it into a profitable resource. By using waste CO₂ the industry can work sustainably and efficiently.

The role of Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC provided a substantial amount of funding and was instrumental in the rapid initiation of the project. Climate-KIC’s network provided the perfect partners to the project and helped bring the project to market.

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