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Perstorp drives forward project to produce recycled methanol

Friday, 28 June 2019

Perstorp will investigate the potential production of recycled methanol, using carbon dioxide and residual streams, at its Swedish facility in Stenungsund.

The methanol project will, if successful, significantly support Perstorp’s strive to contribute to, and be a part of, a sustainable society. Image source: Romolo Tavani – stock.adobe.com.
The methanol project will, if successful, significantly support Perstorp’s strive to contribute to, and be a part of, a sustainable society. Image...

Methanol is one of Perstorp’s major raw materials, used to produce polyols and formates, the building blocks of many consumer goods such as coatings and paints, composite materials, detergents, adhesives, cosmetics and synthetic lubricants. Methanol is also used for Perstorp’s next generation, phthalate free, plasticiser.

A more sustainable, recycled methanol

Industrially, methanol is mainly produced from fossil materials like natural gas or coal. This project not only aims to reduce process related carbon dioxide emissions but, at the same time, produce a more sustainable, recycled methanol to replace fossil methanol as a raw material in Perstorp´s production. The methanol would for example be used in Perstorp’s renewable, Pro-Environment products and solutions.

Funding from the Swedish Energy Agency is supporting Perstorp to undertake this feasibility study that will evaluate the concept, including: a new plant, the integration of raw materials, fuel, energy and residual streams and new logistical solutions for the methanol.

The methanol project will, if successful, significantly support Perstorp’s strive to contribute to, and be a part of, a sustainable society. In 2017 the company announced its ambition to become Finite Material Neutral which, in part, means shifting from using finite, fossil raw materials to renewable, reused or recycled ones.

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