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Catalysts and Catalyst Manufacturing Methods for Decarbonization

A recently issued technical investigation commissioned by the members of the Catalytic Advances Program (CAP) details recent Catalysts and Catalyst Manufacturing Methods for Decarbonization


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  • Catalyst developments that lead to lower CO2 emissions
  • Methods of catalyst manufacture or regeneration that lower CO2 emissions
    in catalyst manufacturing process
  • Regulatory progress for CO2 reduction that leads to opportunities for catalysis

The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) continues to provide forward-looking advice in its new multi-client and select-client reports along with those delivered for its membership programs.

TCGR’s report Catalysts and Catalyst Manufacturing Methods for Decarbonization provides an update on recent developments in the field of catalysts and catalyst manufacturing methods for decarbonization, with an eye on the transformation context and the needs for the future technologies. In the upcoming decades, we will witness the progressive and relentless challenge that the world’s economy will be forced to face for rapid decarbonization in almost all sectors. In this context, industries have already started a laborious technological transition to adapt their energy-intensive processes to the future without losing competitiveness. Catalysis is the silent force working behind the modernization of the chemical industry and the systematic reduction of environmental carbon footprints. It is thought to play a central role in decarbonization by increasing the energy efficiency of several industrially relevant transformations using cleaner energy sources.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the chemical sector represents the largest energy consumer and the third largest industry subsector in terms of direct CO2 emissions. Despite a growing chemical industry production, the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 needs a progressive decoupling of CO2 emissions from production, with a 17% CO2 emission reduction, compared to 2021, already by 2030. To get on track with this scenario, the chemical industry and catalysis will need technological innovation, efficiency gains, and higher recycling rates. This implies huge research efforts on different aspects of catalysis and catalysts development, enhancing process efficiency, displacing of carbon-intensive feedstocks and products, hence reducing carbon footprint impact.

Several recent advances in catalyst development enable better industrial process efficiency and utilization of clean energy sources. This report provides:

  • Recent achievements in decarbonization of the chemical industry to produce commodities
    and new energy vectors
  • Analysis of more robust, durable, and cheaper heterogeneous catalysts for the intensification
    of challenging industrial processes under milder experimental conditions
  • Examples of catalysts for the conversion of renewable and energy-rich wastes into hydrocarbon fuels, hydrogen, refining products of the chemical and petrochemical industry and those for the power-to-X (PtX)
  • Insights on catalyst manufacturing methods, including methodologies using waste or novel materials that increase circularity in catalyst manufacture or methodologies utilizing renewable energy.
  • Existing regulatory landscape for CO2 reduction and potential opportunities and greener
    solutions for the catalyst industry and catalyst manufacturers.
Figure 1: (A) Relative energy consumption vs Catalyst Efficiency (CE) for three catalytic processes; (B) Catalyst Selectivity Index (CSI) for various catalytic processes. Source: Xiao, et al., 2020.

More information about this report and other services of CAP can be seen at
https://www.catalystgrp.com/tcg-resources/member-programs/catalytic-advances-program/ .

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The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR), a member of The Catalyst Group, is dedicated to monitoring and analyzing technical and commercial developments in catalysis as they apply to the global refining, petrochemical, fine/specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, polymer/elastomer and environmental industries.