Norner is a key R&D participant in a new European Green Deal innovation project PyroCO2 which was selected for funding by EU.
The ambitious objective of the project is to demonstrate feasibility of large scale conversion of industrial carbon emissions into value-added chemicals and materials.
The European Commission has decided on funding for the first round of research and innovation projects in support of the European Green Deal, the plan to make the EU's economy sustainable and climate neutral by 2050.
PyroCO2, is an initiative by a consortium of 20 leading industrial and research partners from 11 countries that aims to demonstrate a new path to create value from industrial CO2 emissions while improving the sustainability of the chemical industry in Europe.
The scope of PyroCO2 is to establish and demonstrate an innovative platform for Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) that features an innovative fixation of industrial CO2 into chemicals using biotechnology and its further catalytic conversion into a wide range of products, ranging from fuel to recyclable and biodegradable materials. The project's main task will be to build and operate a production facility capable of demonstrating chemical production from close to 10,000 tonnes of industrial CO2 per year.
Norners role in the PyroCO2 project is to develop technology for production of future plastic materials based on the converted CO2 from other partners in the project. Norner has 40 years of experience in catalytic polymerisation with own lab pilot facilities and 15 years of research and development in CO2 based polymers.
“We are proud to be part of the PyroCO2 project and praise the fact that CCU is now being prioritised for research and technology development. We look forward to utilising our expertise and facilities to provide valuable results to this project.”, says Siw Fredriksen, Advisor at Norner.
PyroCO2 will be coordinated by Norwegian research organization SINTEF and funded with 40 million Euros under the European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The support by the Research Council of Norway for PNO consultancy during proposal development is greatly acknowledged. The expected start of this 5-years project will be in autumn 2021.