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This afternoon, the Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals announced the six nominees for the innovation award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2023”, CO2 Value Europe is co-organising with nova-Institut and YNCORIS.

This year’s nominees 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.

The selected six nominees:

🟢 Arkeon (AT) The company’s process converts CO2 directly into amino acids and functional peptides, enabling an entirely new world of food products.

🟢 AURORA – Rohrdorfer (DE) This technology entails the first CO2 capture plant in a cement company and a one-of-a-kind CO2 electrolyser unit, enabling the single-step formation of formic acid, without the further need for purification or acidification. Formic acid is a commodity chemical, used in cleaning supplies and it also offers options to enable net zero cement production.

🟢 CarbonBuilt (US) This technology replaces cement with a proprietary mix of low-cost, low-carbon industrial waste materials. The used CO2 is captured from on-site waste biomass incineration or emerging Direct Air Capture (DAC) technologies to cure (harden) the mix into concrete, storing the CO2 permanently.

🟢 CellCO2 – DITF Denkendorf (DE) CellCO2 is a CO2 adsorber material based on amines functionalised cellulosic fibre materials e.g., non-woven. The technology starts with the conversion of cellulosic fibres into non-woven followed by chemical modification of the surface with amines.

🟢 CleanCloud – LanzaTechOnTechnip Energies and Borealis (several) On is revealing the first-ever shoe made from carbon emissions, called Cloudprime. Cloudprime is made from CleanCloud™ ethyl vinyl acetate foam that uses carbon emissions as a raw material.

🟢 OXCCU – OXCCU TECH (UK) This is a one-step process that converts CO2 directly into jet fuel range hydrocarbons (and/or alpha olefins for chemicals) by using a novel iron catalyst.

The six promising nominees were selected by an expert jury and the conference Advisory Board among 20 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 from 19-20 April 2023.

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

The full conference program is available here.