How it works

The ever-increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are a pressing imperative for scientists and engineers to develop technologies capable of mitigating its harmful effects. Turning this waste CO2 into something useful for people and planet is our mission at Econic.

One of the key challenges scientists face is how to overcome the inherent stability of CO2, the property that leads to its long atmospheric lifetime and increasing global temperatures. Most often, large amounts of energy, in the form of heat or electricity, are needed to transform CO2 into other useful chemicals. At Econic, we develop catalyst systems that significantly reduce the energy required for these reactions to occur allowing CO2 to be turned into polymers for use in creating everyday plastics.

 

Econic Catalyst Technology

 

 

Our catalyst systems react CO2 with a group of chemicals called epoxides – traditional building blocks in the polymer industry – to make polymers that can contain up to 50% by weight of CO2. Econic’s first success was to build CO2 into a range of short-chain polymers called polyols, which are used predominantly in the polyurethane industry.

THE ECONIC VALUE CHAIN

ECONIC TECHNOLOGIES

Providers of innovative catalyst technologies that incorporate CO2 into polyols for use in the PU industry

ECONOMIC POTENTIAL

Low pressure polymerisation
+ retrofit to existing assets
- ROI within two years.

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PRODUCT POTENTIAL

Tunable CO2 content for bespoke performance characteristics.

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ENVIRONMENTAL POTENTIAL

Utilisation of harmful CO2 waste + reduced CO2 emissions.

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POLYOL MANUFACTURERS

Econic’s catalyst technologies allow polyols to be manufactured using bespoke amounts of CO2

ECONOMIC POTENTIAL

Up to 50% waste CO2 used to replace oil-based feedstock.

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PRODUCT POTENTIAL

Polyol viscosity tailored to match needs of downstream applications.

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ENVIRONMENTAL POTENTIAL

Creating value from waste CO2 + potential to reduce CO2 emissions.

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PU INDUSTRY

Polyols manufactured using Econic's catalyst technologies offer the potential for enhanced PU products including:

RIGID FOAMS

- Increased fire resistance
- Decreased smoke/CO emissions
upon burning
- Maintains insulative properties
- Reduced need for expensive non-bonded additives for same fire resistance
- Maintains fire resistant properties with less fire resistant additives
- Enhanced miscibility with blowing agents - lower density foams
- Decreased MDI required

Possible applications:
- Insulation - building, industrial
- Electrical appliances

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FLEXIBLE FOAMS

COATINGS

- Increased chemical resistance
- Increased thermal shock resistance
- Tailored hardness
- Increased strength
- Decreased drying time
- Maintains aesthetics
- Potential to remove additives
- No need to blend with other polyols

Possible applications:
- Automotive coatings
- Industrial coatings
- Corrosion protection - boats, bridges, buildings, etc.

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ELASTOMERS

SEALANTS

ADHESIVES

TURNING WASTE CO2 INTO SOMETHING OF REAL POTENTIAL VALUE HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN TWO MAJOR PHASES:

  • ALTERNATING CATALYST SYSTEMS

    First, we developed our Alternating catalyst systems to enable customers to produce polyols with the maximum possible CO2 content. These polyols have excellent properties for some high-performance applications, but their higher viscosity than their traditional fossil fuel-based counterparts limits their use in other areas.

  • TUNABLE CATALYST SYSTEMS

    Turning this limitation into another opportunity, we developed our Tunable catalyst system, which enables customers to tailor the amount of CO2 incorporated into their polyols according to the performance requirements of a much wider range of applications.