EMI Twente is proud to participate in CATCO2NVERS and to develop membrane-based methods for the purification of diverse added-value chemicals.

 CATCO2NVERS kicks off, a new project funded within the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme that seeks to create value-added chemical products from bio industrial CO2 emissions that integrate catalytic technologies.

The main purpose of CATCO2NVERS is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from bio-based industries by developing five innovative and integrated technologies based on three catalytic processes (electrochemical, enzymatic and thermochemical). The objective of the project is to transform the residual CO2 from industries into value-added chemical products: glyoxylic acid, lactic acid, methyl furan dicarboxylic ester, methyl esters of cyclic carbonated fatty acids and bio methanol, with application in the chemical and cosmetic industry and industries plastic.

EMI Twente is part of a consortium in which a total of fifteen partners from eight different European countries participate. All of them will work together for 48 months, helping to convert the captured CO2 into value-added chemical products where they are produced and use them in a cycle close to production, instead of releasing CO2 into the atmosphere.

CATCO2NVERS will process certain bio-based products replacing fossil material with zero or negative greenhouse gas emissions, which will help establish solid business models that involve all actors in the value chain and thus reduce environmental impacts and costs of production.

In summary, CATCO2NVERS will focus on reducing industrial CO2 emissions, while exploring new ways to produce value-added products. To this end, a holistic approach will be used for the design and development of innovative catalytic technologies for the valorisation of CO2 in the manufacture of different bio-based products, including monomers for the production of bioplastics, using CO2 streams from biorefineries.

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