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This afternoon, the CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals Conference 2024 announced the six nominees for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2024”, which is sponsored by YNCORIS and co-organised by CO2 Value Europe together with our member nova-Institut.

This year’s nominees prove that CO2 innovations can be used to produce a variety of products, such as sustainable textile fibres and plastics, carbon-negative diamonds, as well as sustainable aviation fuels and building materials. The award is one of the highlights of this year’s conference and puts a spotlight on innovative products and technologies in the field of CCU. Special congratulations to our members D-CRBN, Dioxycle, and the University of Bologna on being selected among the six nominees.

The selected six nominees are:

🟢 D-CRBN – Plasma-based CO2 Conversion – (BE) The company has established a proprietary modular and scalable plasma technology capable of splitting the CO₂ molecule into CO, all in a fully electrified, gaseous phase, without solvents or catalysts.

🟢 Dioxycle – Ethylene Producing Electrolyser – (FR) The company’s carbon electrolysis technology can convert industrial emissions into sustainable ethylene using just renewable electricity and water. The carbon-neutral ethylene is an economically attractive pathway to defossilise many industrial and commercial sectors.

🟢 GIG Karasek– ECO2Cell – Pioneering Modular Syngas Production – (AT) This innovative technology platform efficiently converts CO2 into valuable chemicals and fuels, promoting a circular economy. Its modular design ensures scalability and adaptability to various industrial applications.

🟢 The Sky Mining Company – Skydiamond – (UK) Skydiamond, the world’s first carbon-negative diamond, is a patented biological process operating in England using only four ingredients: rainwater, solar and wind power, and atmospheric carbon, creating an alternative to land mining.

🟢 Twelve – E-Jet®– (US) E-Jet® fuel, Twelve’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from CO2, is produced with only three inputs – water, renewable electricity, and CO2. E-Jet® fuel was tested and certified in 2021, drop-in ready for use in existing aircraft with the same performance standard as fossil-based jet fuel.

🟢 University of Bologna – RAPCOR – (IT) The RAPCOR concept aims to convert flue gas carbon into renewable isopropyl alcohol (IPA), serving as a versatile fuel, energy carrier, hydrogen carrier, or commodity chemical. Its innovative process works at mild pressure and temperature and allows to overcome most of the limitations of existing Power-To-Fuel pathways.

An expert jury, the conference advisory board and sponsors selected these six promising nominees among the interesting submissions received. Those will have the chance to present their CO2 innovation to a broad international expert audience at Maternushaus, Cologne (Germany), and online on the 17th of April.

Please find more on the six technologies in the full press release here.

The full conference program is available here.