Researchers from Sasol and the Catalysis Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have announced advances in the use of commercial iron catalyst in CO2 hydrogenation at rates above 40%. This produces ethylene and light olefins, which can be used as chemical feedstocks and in jet fuel much more cheaply and efficiently than cobalt catalysts.
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There have been multiple recent announcements across the world about investments in cleaner forms of hydrogen. These mainly refer to ‘green hydrogen’ produced by electrolysis, though also ‘blue hydrogen’, which is made from natural gas in a reforming process, in which CO2 emissions are captured for storage.
Skin care giant Beiersdorf and Evonik have agreed a research partnership to develop sustainable raw materials for personal care products via artificial photosynthesis, using CO2 as the starting material, along with water, solar energy and bacteria. The two companies described this part of their ongoing efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and becoming carbon-positive.