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CO2Catalyst SIGNED

Pilot scale demonstration of novel CO2 co-polymerisation catalysts in the PU polyol market

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "CO2Catalyst" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙558˙238 €
 EC max contribution 2˙490˙767 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2018-06-30


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 Project objective

The European polymer industry is under increasing pressure to produce innovative products at lower cost to compete with overseas imports. Econic Technologies has invented a catalyst that enables replacing up to 40% of petrochemical feedstock in the production of polyurethane polyols, an important polymer segment, with low cost waste CO2, resulting in high performance product. Econic Technologies is spun out of Imperial College London, where the technology was invented, now grown to a family of patent-protected catalysts whose unique characteristic is high reactive activity and selectivity for polymers under low pressures. The catalysts enable the maximum theoretical uptake of CO2 with far superior reaction rates than their competitors under industry relevant conditions. The Econic catalyst creates novel value-add polyol building blocks for polyurethanes whilst offering significant feedstock savings: CO2 costs $100/Tonne whereas PO costs $1900/tonne. When competitive technologies require expensive new plant facilities to meet stringent process conditions Econic’s catalyst can be deployed by a low cost retrofit. The technology is proven in the lab (TRL6) and client-site demonstration (TRL7) has commenced on small scale. The Phase I feasibility study has established that early adopting market leading polyol producers are keen to deploy the technology but they still need to persuade their downstream customers, the polyurethane producers. This will crucially be assisted by demonstrator applications which Phase II will now develop. Over the first five years after Phase II completion, Econic generates EUR180m catalyst sale revenues. Polyol producers will benefit by increased profit margins to the tune of EUR380m over the same period. Catalyst toll manufacturers will generate turnover of EUR30m and carbon capture plants will be able to sell EUR18m worth of CO2. Total expected qualified job creation from the project exceeds 100 over the first five commercial years.


List of deliverables.
Updated website, presentations, papers, marketing Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-03-11 14:13:41
REACh registration status report and/or PPORD notification filed and accepted Documents, reports 2019-03-11 14:56:42
Comparative LCA on 1-2 CO2-based polyols Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:44:33
Benchmarked PU formulations for up to 3 applications; data/samples Documents, reports 2019-02-26 17:44:21
Datasheets on 1-3 polyols suitable for 1-4 PU applications. Documents, reports 2019-05-30 15:34:25

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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Rowena Sellens, Gary Peters
Econic Technologies Q&A
published pages: pp36-37, ISSN: 0967-8638, DOI:
Materials World June 2018 2019-06-11
2018 Anton Cummings
Friendly Foams: Building the UK’s first captured-carbon polymerisation plant
published pages: pp40-44, ISSN: 0302-0797, DOI:
The Chemical Engineer May 2018, Issue 923 2019-06-11
2018 Mark Andrews, Richard French, Sarah Tickle, Leigh Taylor, Rakib Kabir, Michael Kember, Andrew
Use of CO2 based polyether carbonate polyols to enhance fire resistance in polyisocyanurate rigid foams
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UTECH Europe 2018 conference presentation 29th-31st May 2018 2019-06-11
2017 Rowena Sellens
Turning waste CO2 into plastics
published pages: pp7-9, ISSN: 1757-2509, DOI:
Carbon Capture Journal Nov-Dec 2017 2019-06-11
2017 Rulande Rutgers, Sarah Tickle, Mark Andrews and Richard French
Performance advancements in waterborne PUD coatings from CO2 based Polyether Carbonate Polyols
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Center for the Polyurethane Industry\'s annual Polyurethane Technical Conference 2nd-4th October 2017 2019-06-11
2017 Michael Kember, Rakib Kabir, Sarah Tickle and Richard French
Catalytically Tuned Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide to Produce a Range of Diverse Polyols
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The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry\'s annual Polyurethane Technical Conference 2nd-4th October 2017 2019-06-11

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