Plastics from flue gas

Materials World magazine
7 Nov 2017

Research project will look at using flue gas from the steel industry to produce plastics.

An EU-backed initiative focusing on the sustainable production of plastics launched in October.

Carbon4PUR includes 14 organisations from seven countries and will be led by materials manufacturer, Covestro. A key aim is to study how waste gas from steel factories could be put to better use.

Dr Markus Steilemann, Covestro’s lead on Innovation, Marketing and Sales, said, ‘Together, we are on the path to a crucial innovation – waste gas mixtures from the steel industry can provide carbon for chemical processes and ultimately be used to produce insulation materials and coatings.

‘This helps us to broaden our resource base and to reduce the climate footprint for the entire value chain. At the same time, we are joining our forces by partnering with industrial and academic partners throughout Europe.’

Partners will investigate using mixtures of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to produce polyols, which are found in polyurethane-based insulating materials and coatings.

EU support – through the SPIRE European Public-Private Partnership – is worth approximately €8m.

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