Sumitomo Chemical to produce methanol from CO2 at new pilot facility


Japan-based Sumitomo Chemical (Sumitomo) has started operations at its new pilot facility designed to establish an efficient process for producing methanol from captured carbon dioxide (CO2).

Located in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan, the plant aims to demonstrate carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) – a technology expected to serve as a game-changing solution to reduce global warming and achieve a circular economy by recovering CO2 and utilising it in products.

According to Sumitomo, the company is accelerating the development and spread of various new CCU processes including a technology that uses CO2 to produce methanol, a raw material for a wide range of products, from plastics to adhesives, chemical agents and paints.

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