Overview of work packages

WP 1: Synthesis of cyclic carbonates from diols and CO2 (direct route)

  • Develop highly active and robust catalytic systems for the direct route, transforming diols (glycerol) with CO2 to cyclic carbonates (glycerol carbonate)
  • Optimize immobilisation strategies for the catalytic systems of choice to combine effective conversion with easy implementation and recovery in reactor systems
  • Describe catalyst/raw material interaction with computer models to aid in the catalyst development, funnelling, and immobilisation

 

WP 2: Synthesis of cyclic carbonates from epoxides and CO2 (indirect route)

  • Develop highly active and robust catalytic systems for the indirect route, transforming epoxides (derived from glycerol through known chemistry) with CO2 into cyclic carbonates
  • Describe the catalyst/raw material interaction using computer models to aid in the catalyst development, funnelling, and immobilisation
  • Optimize immobilisation strategies for the catalytic systems of choice to combine effective conversion with easy implementation and recovery in reactor systems

 

WP 3: Process development

  • Design a reactor and process concept proving the production of glycerol carbonate aimed at a net negative CO2 footprint (i.e. a sustainable process) and at a minimum having a large reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to the benchmark conventional process
  • Experimental lab prototypes will be built and tested to validate the reactor and process modeling and explore and improve the reactor and process
  • Gain key data in order to develop and scale up the process to a demonstration unit of mini-plant scale capable of the synthesis of cyclic carbonates from CO2

 

WP 4: Optimization of process for scale-up

  • Improve the overall process efficiency using computer modelling
  • Demonstrate the potential to produce the chosen catalysts at industrially interesting scales
  • Develop the designs for the reactor and process which will demonstrate the production of glycerol carbonate at the mini-plant scale
  • Complete conceptual engineering design work for a scaled up commercially viable process

 

WP 5: Process demonstration

  • Demonstrate the technical feasibility and potential for producing renewable cyclic carbonates in a continuous process
  • Validate catalysts and process units at a mini-plant level (to be constructed) to a degree that is acceptable to the end-user consortium partners

 

WP 6: Environmental and techno-economic assessment

  • Assist in the choice of the final process by evaluating the economic and environmental potential of each route
  • Verify the CO2-saving potential for various strategies at key moments in the project
  • Complete an environmental and techno-economic assessment for the full process

The carbon footprint calculations will be used to evaluate the carbon dioxide saving potential of different reaction pathways towards the cyclic carbonates. This is by far the most important parameter to compare the various processes. Their results will guide the project and aid in decision making at key project milestones.

 

WP 7: Alternative technologies

  • Explore and evaluate the use of photocatalytic and electrochemical technologies to synthesize raw materials for cyclic carbonate production from water and CO2, resulting in an even larger increase in CO2 uptake and process efficiency
  • Evaluate external progress of relevant alternative technologies for suitability and incorporation into the processes being developed

 

WP 8: Dissemination and exploitation

Promote the CyclicCO2R project and its results as widely and as effectively as possible to all relevant stakeholders with the following sub-objectives:

  • Ensure widespread dissemination of the results to the stakeholders, the broad public and the scientific community
  • Use interactive e-learning as an innovative dissemination and training tool in which the EU parliament, policy makers and the broad public can learn the principles of CO2 utilisation
  • Ensure proper and effective handling of Intellectual Property Rights to manage exploitation of project results effectively

Upcoming events

Contact CyclicCO2R

Latest Tweets