Carbon capture and storage
Environmental protection is our business.
If sustainability is the goal, it does not mean banning fossil fuels.
But it does mean urgently creating ways to curb CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, and at best to
prevent them altogether.
We are trying to make a contribution to environmental protection with technical solutions for industrial plants.
For example, we are also looking at how we can reduce and capture CO2 in industrial plants such as our incinerators.
With carbon capture, also known as carbon dioxide removal or CDR, we could reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere.
At the moment, we are looking at several approaches, which are:
- Biological, reasonable in principle but ineffective.
- Chemical, costly and not necessarily environmentally sound.
None of which have really convinced us, unfortunately.
What then remains, however, is the problem of storage.
When we talking about safe and long-term storage, the question is what does long-term mean?
Therefore, geological or oceanic storage (sequestration) may pose risks that we may not be able to control in the long term.
It would be better to process the captured CO2 and store it safely in all kind of products or storable storage particles for e.g. later utilization.
The utilization of the captured CO2 can lead also in a conversion into useful industrial products such as chemicals or fuels.
Working on solutions
Since the largest amount of CO2 comes from industrial applications and from the energy sector, it makes perfect sense to focus on this problem.
Of course, it then makes also sense to use these methods to capture CO2 direct from the atmosphere to sequest or utilize CO2 direct or later.
However we take a look on the existing CCS projects the main target must be allways to archive a significant performance, cost and at the end carbon footprint improvement.
If the performance is not sufficient, if the costs are prohibitive, then such projects cannot succeed.
That's why we think the industrial approach is the best.
We will continue to develop certain substances and technologies that meet highest requirements and will be environmentally friendly.
This page is a living document.
We will adapt it from time to time as soon as there is significant news.
Until then, we continue to work.
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We look forward to a greener future!