The Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals has announced the six nominees for its 2023 innovation award for Best CO2 Utilization, highlighting the role of smart innovations in replacing fossil carbon with sustainable carbon sources, Germany’s nova-Institute reported.
The selected initiatives include Austrian Arkeon with its proprietary conversion technology for CO2-based amino acids and functional peptides to be used in food products, German Rohrdorfer with its AURORA project for electrochemically produced formic acid using cement-based-CO2, US CarbonBuilt with its ultra-low carbon concrete solution, German DITF Denkendorf with its CellCO2 project for a CO2 adsorber material based on amines functionalized cellulosic fibre, the CleanCloud collaboration for a shoe made from carbon-emissions by LanzaTech, On, Technip Energies and Borealis, and UK OXCCU Tech with a process technology to convert CO2 into jet fuel range hydrocarbons.
“This year’s nominees for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilization 2023” prove that CO2 innovations can be used to design clothes, provide healthy food supplements, produce cleaning and sanitary products, as well as sustainable aviation fuels and building materials,” nova-Institute said.
The nominees were selected by an expert jury and the Advisory Board of the conference among a total of 20 submissions received. The Best CO2 Utilization award celebrates innovative products and technologies in the field of carbon capture and utilization (CCU).
The conference, to be held in Maternushaus, Cologne (Germany) on 19-20 April 2023, provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art of CCU and Powerto-X technologies and their applications. The award nominees will have the opportunity to present their CO2 innovations to a broad international expert audience, both in person and online.
In an assessment report published last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made a first mention of CCU as a solution to reduce net CO2 emissions and move away from fossil carbon by using CO2 in the production of renewable chemicals and fuels.