Liquid Light Introduces Catalytic Process to Make Chemicals From Carbon Dioxide

By Chemical Processing staff

Mar 07, 2014

Liquid Light recently announced that it has launched a new process for the production of major chemicals from carbon dioxide.

Liquid Light's first process is for the production of ethylene glycol (MEG), which manufacturers use to make a wide range of consumer products such as plastic bottles, antifreeze and polyester clothing. Liquid Light's technology can be used to produce more than 60 chemicals with large existing markets, including propylene, isopropanol, methyl-methacrylate and acetic acid.

Liquid Light's core technology focuses on low-energy catalytic electrochemistry to convert CO2 to chemicals, combined with hydrogenation and purification operations. By adjusting the design of its catalyst, Liquid Light can produce a range of commercially important multi-carbon chemicals. Additionally, by using 'co-feedstocks' along with CO2, a plant built with Liquid Light's technology may produce multiple products simultaneously.

Liquid Light's advances that enable commercialization include the development of long-lasting catalyst components; the ability to run continuously for extended times; and major progress in energy efficiency, the company says.

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