HOUSTON—Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. has formed a partnership with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden to develop and produce renewable carbon black.
The partnership is part of Orion's efforts to move to more climate-neutral carbon black production by replacing traditional carbon black feedstock with pyrolysis oil from biomass oil.
Orion plans to convert the biomass oil into carbon black using its small-scale furnace reactor in Kalscheuren, Germany, and explore ways to upscale the process.
RISE, meanwhile, will use a pilot-scale reactor at its site in Pitea, Sweden, to evaluate the use of electro-fuels, such as plasma or hydrogen from electrolysis as sustainable heat sources for the carbon black process.
The Swedish partner already has shown the potential feasibility of producing carbon black using pyrolysis oil from wood-derived feedstock, Orion said, adding that it aims to validate commercial production based on this research.
"We are committed to meeting the rising interest in renewable carbon black as the tire industry," said David Deters, Orion Engineered Carbons senior vice president. "This partnership is yet another step in our sustainability strategy and we look forward to partnering with RISE on this exciting and critically important project."