September 24, 2013

Novomer to produce CO2-based acrylic acid

Novomer said it has received a $5m grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) announced in March as part of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). Novomer's project is in partnership with one of the world's largest producers of industrial gases, aims to sequester and convert waste carbon dioxide into commodity chemicals such as acrylic acid, butanediol, etc.  There are only very few major industrial gas producers around -- Airgas, Air Liquide, Air Products & Chemicals, Linde, BOC Gases, and Praxair. Did I miss any other company?

Novomer did not disclose who its industrial gas partner for the project. The partner's role is to convert waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO) via solid oxide electrolyzing process. The electrolyzer operates like a fuel cell in reverse and can leverage the investments made-to-date by the government and private sector to more quickly commercialize the technology.


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