Environmentally Responsible Sources of CO
Novomer can use several different sustainable sources of carbon monoxide to make acrylic acid, succinic acid, or butanediol. These include the following:
- Biomass Gasification – Technology is available to gasify switchgrass, wood chips, and other agricultural byproducts into mixtures of CO and H2. Additionally, heavy carbonaceous materials (pet coke, heavy tars, etc.) that are waste products from industry can also be gasified.
- CO2 to CO Conversion – A major industrial gas provider is developing a novel technology to convert CO2 to CO using a reverse electrochemical fuel cell concept. The process will produce carbon negative CO that is cost competitive.
- Industrial Waste Gas – CO is a waste product of many industrial processes. For example, the steel industry produces 0.5 Ton CO/Ton steel and burns it is a low grade fuel. This waste gas could be a viable feedstock source for Novomer’s technology.
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