18. November 2014 | Research & Development

What sounds like a fairy tale from the far future

So simple but so true: By using sun or wind power, combining it with CO₂ and water, you can produce almost anything you want or need: fuels, chemicals and plastics, or even food and feed. The new technology platform making this possible is Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU).

What sounds like a fairy tale from the far future, is already reality: Dozens of so-called power-to-gas plants in Germany use solar and wind power to produce artificial natural gas from CO₂, Iceland uses CO₂ for the production of fuel methanol, and companies from Germany, the USA and South Korea make plastics such as PPC, PEC and polyurethane based on CO₂. In addition to these catalytic processes, the biotechnological conversion of CO₂ and CO into chemical building blocks is being intensely investigated.

Do not miss the largest European conference on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in 2014: 3rd Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers. Showcasing impressive, dynamic developments in power-to-gas and CO₂ to chemicals and polymers: Haus der Technik (HDT), Essen (Germany), December2-3, 2014. The leading key players and stakeholders in the field will present and share their knowledge and visions. The topics will cover the full range of the CO₂ economy: Policy & visions, CO₂ capture & purification, H₂ generation: a prerequisite for the CO₂ economy, CO₂-based fuels, chemicals, building blocks and polymers. The conference is under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. www.co2-chemistry.eu
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