31 January 2017
31 January 2017
AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is coordinating the European project, GRAMOFON, which started on October 2016 and will end in 2020.
With a budget of EUR 4.2 million, AIMPLAS explains that the project consists of nine companies, technology centres and universities, with the aim of developing an innovative CO2 capturing process on new nanomaterials and microwave energy allowing to combat climate change at a lower cost, compared with the cost of current technologies.
According to AIMPLAS, this carbon capturing and storing technology has already been used in the European Union significantly and efficiently in order to reach the emission reduction targets of greenhouse gases. In fact, it has an emission reduction potential from industries of 90%, which is very valuable in the fight against climate change.
The existing technology consists of the capture and modification of these gases, in such a way as its underground storage is safe. The GRAMOFON proposal aims is to achieve a new efficient and low-cost process by using new nanostructured materials to capture CO2, as well as microwave energy for the extraction and subsequent use.
Co-ordinated by AIMPLAS and in co-operation with the project, other centres take part: the technology centre CNRS (France), the University of Mons (Belgium), the centre Fraunhofer ICT (Germany), the company Graphenea (Spain), the centre Process Design Centre (the Netherlands), e2v (United Kingdom), MOFTech (Ireland) and the Korea University of Science and Technology (South Korea).
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