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Evonik, Siemens Rheticus R&D Project Phase 2 (New Prod. & Tech.)
Date: 2019-10-23
German chemicals firm Evonik and Siemens are reporting the launch of their Rheticus II joint research project to develop a test plant in Marl, Germany. The plant will use CO2, water, electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to produce specialty chemicals. The Rheticus I project developed the technically feasible basis for artificial photosynthesis using a bioreactor and electrolyzers.

The Rheticus II electrolyzers and bioreacto test facility will produce butanol and hexanol for research purposes beginning in early 2020. The project and will receive €3.5 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). (Source: Evomik, Website, Oct., 2019)Contact: Evonik, Thomas Hass,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioreactor,  Evonik,  Siemens,  Alternative Fuel,  Butanol,  

Evonik Boosting Ala. Sodium Methylate Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-12-07
Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries reports it plans to expand its production facility for sodium methylate -- used as a catalyst for large-scale production of the renewable fuel -- in Mobile, Ala. The expansion includes new infrastructure and logistics, rail transportation and storage facilities, according to the company release.

Evonik's project follows on the U.S. EPA's announced new renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2020 that changed the ways that refiners comply with the Renewable Fuels Standard. (Source: Evonik, PR, Powder & Bulk Solids, 4 Dec., 2018) Contact: Evonik,Andreas Kripzak, VP and GM for North America,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Evonik,  Renewable Fuel,  

Evonik, Siemens Partnering on Specialty Chemicals from CO2 (Int'l)
Siemens, Evonik
Date: 2018-01-22
Siemens, Europe's largest conglomerate, and Essen, Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries are reporting the launch of a joint research project focused on deploying artificial photosynthesis by using carbon dioxide as a raw material and converting it into usable chemicals. The small-scale project, called Rheticus, is a trial programme based in Marl, Germany,

The project is being supported to the tune of €2.8 million from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Siemens is providing the electrolysis technology, which is used in the first step to convert CO2 and water into hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO) using electricity. Evonik is contributing the fermentation process, converting gases containing CO into useful products by metabolic processes with the aid of special micro-organisms. (Source: Siemens, FT, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: Evonik, Stefan Haver,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Evonik ,  Green Fuel,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  

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