Plasma is highly reactive and can be used to break down carbon dioxide molecules into carbon dioxide and other products. The Starter D-CRBN pilot installation uses a plasma process at a relatively low temperature. This makes the process more energy efficient and reduces the risk of side reactions. At the Den of Transition (DDoT), which will be held on 8 December in Antwerp, D-CRBN is looking for industrial partners.
It takes a lot of energy to “breathe new life” into carbon dioxide. Therefore carbon dioxide is often viewed as the dead dog of chemistry. Carbon monoxide (CO), on the other hand, is a lively puppy. It is much easier to produce chemical building blocks from carbon dioxide.
Antwerp startup D-CRBN uses plasma technology to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into carbon dioxide. The company is now using a trial installation for this purpose. The installation has a production capacity of 1,000 tons per year.
D-CRBN is currently testing the installation at the Blueapp Building open innovation center at the University of Antwerp. The trial installation is scheduled to begin early next year at steel producer ArcelorMittal’s site in Ghent.
Dragon’s Lair Transition
During the transformation period at Dragons’ Den (December 8 at EIES23 in Antwerp), D-CRBN is looking for industrial partners, both CO2 emitters and parties that can use CO2 as a raw material. The startup is also looking to collaborate with technology developers to capture carbon dioxide.