CO2OL CATALYST: Robust catalysts for CO2 valorization

Based on an innovative, particularly robust catalyst, "co2ol catalyst" enables simple and efficient recycling of CO2 emissions into methanol, a valuable raw material for the chemical industry. By this, the co2ol catalyst technology combines local reduction of CO2 emissions with the potential to defossilize chemical value chains.

Originating from TU Wien, the novel catalyst material demonstrates outstanding resilience against common impurities found in CO2 streams, particularly sulfur compounds. This translates into substantial cost advantages in exhaust gas treatment compared to preceding CO2 utilization processes. Furthermore, its catalytic activity at temperatures below 200°C, coupled with its remarkable selectivity for methanol, enables an energy- and H2-efficient overall process.

Proof-of-Concept studies with partners from various industries such as petrochemicals, steel, and refractory materials have successfully demonstrated the implementation potential of the co2ol catalyst technology. The catalyst's high sulfur tolerance also facilitates the valorization of previously unused CO2 emissions from biogenic sources such as biogas or other fermentation processes. This enables the production of methanol with an extremely low CO2 footprint, aligning with the growing demand for renewable, sustainable resources.

The patent applied for co2ol catalyst technology is being transferred from lab to industrial application via a spin-off company. Next steps include developing a mobile prototype unit by 2025.

For further development, co2ol catalyst is seeking interested stakeholders for conducting additional Proof-of-Concept studies and is open to collaboration with technology providers and engineering firms for scaling up.

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