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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Press release: 160/2020

Federal Research Minister opens Carbon2Chem conference in Berlin

The Carbon2Chem project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), will host the “Sustainable Chemical Conversion in Industry” conference in Berlin on October 27 and 28, 2020. Representatives from politics, business and science will discuss how steel production and other emission-intensive industries can be made climate-friendly. As part of the German EU Council Presidency, the conference will take place in digital format. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek emphasized on the occasion of the opening: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. We need to reduce CO2 emissions as quickly and effectively as possible. By 2050 we want to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world. The Carbon2Chem project is a showcase example of how we can successfully master this challenge with clever ideas and innovative research. Because with the innovations from Carbon2Chem we not only protect the climate – with them we also strengthen our long-term competitiveness and secure high-quality jobs in the industry. ” The change in our mobility, indeed the change in our entire economic life and our society towards a life without net carbon emissions, is only possible through innovative technologies. The Carbon2Chem project is an example of how partners from science and industry can work together to advance the decarbonization of our economy. I would like to see more projects like this. Because with them we secure the prosperity in Germany and manage the restructuring of our economy into a green economy. “Background: The BMBF project Carbon2Chem has been working on technologies for climate-friendly steel production since 2016. It researches how steel production gases can be turned into valuable preliminary products for fuels, plastics or fertilizers. Since its start in March 2016, Carbon2Chem has already made great strides. The joint technical center at the thyssenkrupp site in Duisburg was inaugurated in September 2018. Here, for the first time in the world, the individual processes are practically combined and tested under industrial conditions in practice with real steel mill gases. The inauguration of the project’s own laboratory at Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen followed in March 2019. On 500 square meters of laboratory space and 30 office workstations, the partner consortium works together on processes for gas cleaning as well as for the production of methanol and higher alcohols. With Carbon2Chem, partners from science and industry build a bridge from basic research to the market. If implemented on a large scale, the Carbon2Chem approach can make no less than 20 million tons of CO2 from German steel production usable every year. In addition, in the further course of the project, the transfer to other emission-intensive industries such as cement production and waste incineration as well as export abroad will be prepared – with further climate protection potential second phase, which starts now and runs until 2024. The BMBF funded the first phase with more than 60 million euros. The BMBF will provide a further 75 million euros for the second phase. The partners involved are planning investments of more than 100 million euros by 2025. They have earmarked more than one billion euros for commercial implementation.


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