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CO2 capture and utilisation (CCU) is a promising solution for rapidly reducing CO2 in the earth's atmosphere. To stimulate this, the nova-Institute annually awards a prize for 'Best CO2 Utilisation'. Six nominees have been selected for the 2022 edition.
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  • Acies Bio (Slovenia) – OneCarbonBio
    OneCarbonBio uses the power of synthetic biology to improve and exploit the ability of microbes to convert methanol (a CO2-derived feedstock) into value-added chemicals, such as plastic monomers or amino acids. This can significantly reduce CO emissions and the use of agricultural land for the production of industrial chemicals. OneCarbonBio consists of patented chassis strains, industrial fermentation solutions and a powerful synthetic biology toolbox to generate strains capable of rapidly producing different classes of biological molecules.
  • Air Company (US) – Air Eau de Parfum
    Air Eau de Parfum is the world’s first perfume made from air, water and sunlight. It is a genderless fragrance, designed to be unconventional. Each bottle prevents 0.036 kg of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Proprietary Carbon Conversion Reactor technology mimics photosynthesis by using air, water and sun (solar energy) to convert CO2 into pure alcohols. This is a carbon-negative process. The ethanol is then formulated with water and a range of natural fragrances.
  • Avecom (Belgium) – Power To Protein
    With the Power to Protein process, Avecom produces sustainable protein-rich ingredients for human consumption. It uses bacteria that naturally consume hydrogen and oxygen, both derived from green electricity by electrolysis, and CO2 to produce a biomass rich in protein and vitamin B12. Drying the biomass produces a powder that can be used as a food ingredient.
  • CleanO2 Carbon Capture Technologies (Canada) – CleanO2 Soap
    Based on a 5,000 year old process, CleanO2 makes natural cold processed soap that contains captured carbon in the form of potassium carbonate. This gives the soap a luxurious silky lather. Even after use, this carbon remains stored. The sale of CleanO2 soaps helps to finance the research, production and installation of CarbinX carbon capture systems. The CarbinX units are attached to the flues of natural gas heating appliances in commercial buildings. They convert CO2 into potassium carbonate before it enters the atmosphere.
  • Fraunhofer IGB (Germany) – eBioCO2n
    eBioCO2n technology, developed by Fraunhofer IGB, MPI Marburg and TUM Campus Straubing, makes it possible to incorporate CO2 into highly complex molecules using green energy. The potential of this biology-inspired technology lies in replacing petrochemical-based processes to build molecules directly using electrolysis for CO2 reduction. It is a step towards achieving an energy- and resource-efficient circular carbon economy.
  • Nordic Electrofuel (Norway) – E-Fuel 1
    Nordic Electrofuel is to build the world’s first commercial Power-to-Liquid fuel plant in Herøya, Porsgrunn, Norway. It will produce renewable fuel from water and CO2 from industry. In the first step, renewable energy is used to split water vapour (H2O) into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen. This hydrogen then reacts with carbon dioxide (CO2) and is reduced to carbon monoxide (CO). The result is syngas (H2 and CO) that is converted via a catalytic process into blue fuel products, consisting of wax, enhanced premium diesel and naphtha.

The innovation award ‘Best CO2 Utilisation 2022′ will be presented during the Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals. It will take place on 23 and 24 March 2022 in Cologne, Germany. The first day will focus on green hydrogen production, carbon capture and CO2-based transport and aviation fuels, the second mainly on CO2-based bulk and fine chemicals. See the agenda for more information.

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