According to The Nikkei Asia, Japanese chemical company Asahi Kasei aims to commercialize a new way to make a plastic ingredient from carbon dioxide and water using electricity, Nikkei has learned, offering a potential game changer for decarbonization in the plastics industry.
The technology can be used to produce ethylene, a material for plastics used in automobiles and home appliances that is typically derived from petroleum.
Through Asahi Kasei's process, gaseous carbon dioxide and a water-based electrolytic solution are fed into a device and separated by a membrane. Electricity is passed through them with electrodes, causing a chemical reaction that produces ethylene.
Asahi Kasei has applied know-how cultivated in hydrogen production and electrolysis technology to the development of the separation membrane. The company also has experience in the catalyst technology that promotes the chemical reactions.
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