Title: Turning industrial waste gases (mixed CO/CO2 streams) into intermediates for polyurethane plastics for rigid foams/building insulation and coatings

Acronym: Carbon4PUR

Type: Research and innovation project

Project Coordinator: Covestro Deutschland AG

Partners Involved: 14 participants from 7 European countries constitute the consortium: 5 industrial partners, 1 research organisation, 6 universities, and 1 industry association.

  • Covestro Deutschland AG
  • Recticel N.V.
  • Megara Resins – Fanis Anastassios S.A.
  • Universiteit Gent
  • Universiteit Leiden
  • DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
  • ArcelorMittal Maizières Research
  • South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd.
  • Grand Port Maritime de Marseille
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • PNO Consultants B.V.
  • Imperial College London

Funding: Horizon 2020-SPIRE-2017

Duration: 42 months

Starting date: 01/10/2017

Short Description:

The EU process industry needs to become less dependent of fossils as source of carbon, and – at the same time – to reduce the greenhouse effect by decarbonizing the economy. Carbon4PUR will tackle the two challenges at the same time by transforming the CO/CO2 containing steel mill gas streams of the energy-intensive industry into higher value intermediates for market-oriented consumer products.

The industrially driven, multidisciplinary consortium aims at achieving the goals of the EU Horizon 2020-SPIRE-2017 call by focusing on the development and demonstration of a new flexible technology for the production of value-added chemicals, polyester polyols, of carbon derived from from CO rich mixed CO/CO2 streams contained in steel mill gas.

Both the consortium and the work are organized along the full value chain starting with the provision and conditioning of industrial emissions from a steel to a chemical company in line with the concept of industrial symbiosis, going through the transformation into chemical building blocks  which  will be further transformed into polymer intermediates and flow into desired sustainable polyurethane applications of rigid foams and coatings.


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768919
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