MARL, Germany—Evonik Industries A.G. is working with three partners on a new technology to produce C4 chemicals from carbon dioxide.
The German chemicals manufacturer has received a funding of over $1.9 million from the German government to develop the technology, which involves extracting synthesis gas from CO2 and hydrogen by means of a plasma reactor, using a newly developed process.
The project, dubbed PlasCO2—standing for "plasma-induced" generation of carbon monoxide from CO2—will be coordinated by Evonik and will involve research into catalysts, plasma and plant engineering, Evonik said Jan. 24.
In addition to Evonik, the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT), the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Research (INP) and Rafflenbeul Anlagen Bau GmbH also are involved.
At the heart of the project is the conversion of carbon dioxide with hydrogen to carbon monoxide.
Low-temperature plasmas are to be used as a novel power source, requiring little energy to activate the inert carbon "particularly efficiently."