Israeli startup Airovation Technologies is joining forces with Pheonicia, the country’s sole glass producer, to make glass from recycled CO2 emissions.
The announcement of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies was made on Monday, marking a crucial milestone for Israel’s glass production, especially given the fact that Phoenicia is also the only company in the country that can recycle glass bottles collected within the national deposit law framework.
The partnership is based on Airovation Technologies’ unique approach to extracting soda ash, a key component in the manufacturing of glass, from carbon dioxide.
Based on this chemical method, Phoenicia can not only reduce its carbon footprint, but also reuse the captured CO2 emissions in its glass production process, thus contributing to the establishment of a circular economy and cutting down on the company’s dependence on soda ash imports.
Specifically, with the help of the proprietary technology from Airovation that will be installed at Phoenicia’s facilities, the carbon dioxide is transformed into minerals that are necessary for the manufacturing of glass.
Gil Tomer, co-founder and COO at Airovation said: “By partnering with Israel’s only glass manufacturer, we have taken crucial steps to not only put our technology into action, but also toward revolutionizing the glass industry in our home country.”
Glass production, however, is not the only use for captured CO2 emissions that Airovation Technologies is working on.
In fact, the startup is also focused on utilizing the greenhouse gas in products across a variety of industries, including animal feed, fertilizers, food, and others.