Ethylene glycol from carbon dioxide, water and solar radiation
Frits Dautzenberg of Serenix gave a lecture: A journey towards Green(er) technologies, for KIVI at Technical University Eindhoven, 3rd of April 2017. In this lecture he mentioned, amongst others, 3 interesting new technologies, which combined can change the chemical industry from fossil based to renewables based.
The first technology is electricity from Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). Already 99 of these are in commercial operation and 28 are under construction, according to Frits.
The second technology is high pressure water electrolysis. This technology produces hydrogen and oxygen from water, at low cost, as no compressor is needed. Several Japanese patents have been published.
The third technology is the electrochemical catalysis of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to ethylene glycol. Liquid Light has developed this technology.
The combination of these three technologies means that form the inputs carbon dioxide, water and solar radiation ethylene glycol can be made. As the primary feedstocks have little to no cost it is likely that this ethylene glycol production could be competitive with fossil based production.
More information: kivi.nl