US – Liquid Light, which develops and licenses process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide, has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Company that targets further and faster development of the latter’s PlantBottle packaging program.
The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light’s technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from carbon dioxide.
Liquid Light's core technology is centered on low-energy catalytic electrochemistry to convert carbon dioxide to chemicals, combined with hydrogenation and purification operations. By adjusting the design of its catalyst, its technology can produce a range of commercially-important multi-carbon chemicals. Additionally, by using 'co-feedstocks' along with carbon dioxide, a plant built with Liquid Light's technology can produce multiple products simultaneously.
The technology has the potential to reduce both the environmental footprint and the cost of producing MEG. For example, a bio-ethanol production facility could make bio-MEG from the carbon dioxide byproduct that results from converting plant material into ethanol.