At the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion) we find ways to efficiently convert energy into storable and usable forms. Here, we are primarily looking for suitable catalysts for the necessary chemical reactions. As a rule, industries try to save CO2 by avoiding it and in this country, industry is already working with the minimum use of carbon. However, a complete avoidance is not possible. With Carbon2Chem® we are developing a modular principle for these industries from which modules for the implementation of the energy transition can be generated.
Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl
As an institute whose guiding principle is "producing without raw materials", we are a perfect fit for this project. The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety; and Energy Technology UMSICHT has been conducting research for several years now in projects that aim to further reduce both CO2 emissions and the extraction of fossil raw materials and instead use "waste products" such as steel mill gases, which are inevitably generated during steel production, to produce chemicals such as methanol. This is why we want to use Carbon2Chem® to recycle carbon, so that it is not released but is sustainably reused after it has been produced in steel production on site.
Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Görge Deerberg
thyssenkrupp is the first industrial company to carry out pioneering work in this area together with the scientific community and other partners from industries. We are not interested in a single solution but in a modular system of solutions which can also be used by other smelters and sectors. In the end, all technology modules should be linkable with each other. The first application on an industrial scale is in the steel sector – a very CO2-intensive industry. We are thus carrying out preliminary work in the industrial environment so that we can extend the modules to other branches of industry. Which again benefits us as a diversified group.
Project coordinator: Dr. Markus Oles