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Bayer Starts Up Pilot for CO2-to-Plastics; Eyes Full Production in 2015

10:05 AM MST | February 17, 2011 | Alex Scott

Bayer earlier today started-up a pilot plant at Leverkusen that uses CO2 as a raw material for making plastic. The plant produces a chemical precursor into which CO2 is incorporated and then processed into polyols for use in polyurethanes (PU); a material used in many everyday products. “If the testing phase goes well, the industrial production of plastics based on CO2 should start in 2015,” Bayer says. CO2 - a waste gas and key contributor to climate change - can now be recycled and used as a raw material and substitute for petroleum, the company...

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