The increasing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a serious problem for generations after us. Action is immediately required. Although at FeyeCon we use recycled CO2 and do not produce it, the processes we develop still require energy and therefore also produce some CO2. FeyeCon is committed to try to help solve the problem and since we know a thing or two about CO2, we might be in a good spot to develop some meaningful technologies. Interesting option in our case is to use the captured CO2 in our own processes.
The CO2 capture is preferably done in processes where it produced most. These are the production of ammonia, fume gases, and fermentation. The ammonia production is the current largest source for CO2 that FeyeCon applies for its processes and soft drinks and other food processes. All the carbon capture processes will require compression and subsequent cooling. After we capture the CO2 we can either go to store it (Carbon Capture Storage CCS) or use it (Carbon Capture Utilization CCU). In the case of FeyeCon we would start using it in our processes for extraction and impregnation.
Although decarbonization and CO2 sequestration offer a solution in addressing the climate change, their long-term implementation and use are still greatly challenged by the limitations in energy storage technologies and the lack of a business case. CO2 recycling, on the other hand, offers a possibility to store renewable electricity in a condensed adaptable form, provides a building block for chemical industries, and adds value to the CO2 which is captured and separated from a carbon-intensive industrial stream.
The basis of the transformation is the addition of hydrogen H2 to carbon dioxide CO2 forming compounds as formic acid HCOOH, formaldehyde H2CO and methanol H3COH. Clearly the basis of these processes are a clean stream of carbon dioxide and abundant energy. However, this will reduce the emission of carbon dioxide on a long term basis.
Over the years, FeyeCon has extended its knowledge on how to store CO2 and recycle it by converting it into added-value products. We offer equipment, services and expertise for CO2 storage and recycling.
One of these areas is biogas produced by anaerobe digestors. In this case the methane has to be separated from the CO2. We split the material in a stream of natural gas that can be put in the gride and a stream of useable CO2. This adds the value of carbon dioxide as a product and additional carbon credits. Our team builds on technical expertise in biogas upgrading and CO2 processes and ensures safety and reliability for our customers.
Recycling CO2 into a “less oxidized” and “more energetic” product involves chemical reactions in which electrons are added to carbon and are often involved reaction with hydrogen. These reactions are catalytically driven and result in carbon-based fuels/chemicals which are more easily integrated into current infrastructures, as opposed to e.g. hydrogen itself.