LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Feb. 22, 2011)—Bayer A.G. opened its pilot plant in Leverkusen that uses waste carbon dioxide gas as a raw material to make polyurethane.
The carbon dioxide used in the project comes from RWE Power's coal-burning power plant in Niederaussem, Germany, near Cologne.
“There is an opportunity to establish Germany as a market leader for these technologies and secure ourselves a leading role in a competitive international environment,” Bayer board member Wolfgang Plischke said.
The project received about $6.8 million in funding from the German government. Including investments from Bayer and RWE, the total cost is about $12.3 million.
If the testing phase goes well, industrial production of plastics based on carbon dioxide should start in 2015, the company said.