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SK Energy to Develop CO2 Recycling Eco-friendly Component Contents
title SK Energy to Develop CO2 Recycling Eco-friendly Component
attachment date 2008-10-23 count 15711
SK Energy to Develop CO2 Recycling Eco-friendly Component
2008/10/23
- Forms partnership with Ajou University to adopt CO₂recycling technology and new plastics business
- To produce plastics out of CO2 and secure carbon emissions rights
- Set to build a pilot plant in early next year and launch commercial production in 2012
- Aims to become the world largest eco-friendly materials manufacturer with annual sales of KRW 5 trillion

SK Energy has launched a new material business using CO2 waste gas, the main culprit of global warming.

Ku Ja-Young, President of Planning and Technology Division at SK Energy, and Seo Moon-Ho, President of Ajou University, signed a memorandum of understanding at SK Energy head office located in Seorin-dong, Seoul on August 22 to license the university’s catalyst technology to manufacture plastics using CO2 and conduct research on relevant technologies together.

Jointly led by SK Energy and Ajou University, the “CO2 Plastic” project will commercialize a core technology used to manufacture environment-friendly plastic in combination with SK’s know-how in chemical processing and manufacturing.
The polymerization catalytic technology, developed by Professor Lee Bun-Yeol of Ajou University’s Molecular Science and Technology Department in early 2000s, is eco-friendly plastic in which CO2 accounts for 44 percent of the total weight.
It is proven to be the world best as its catalytic performance is 20 times more effective than other similar technologies now being developed in the U.S. and Japan.

The technology is widely viewed as a breakthrough in new environment-friendly component technology since it not only captures and stores CO2, the main culprit of global warming, but also turns it into polymer, a component used for manufacturing of plastics, therefore, ensuring great practical use in our daily lives. Moreover, this eco-friendly material can help reduce the use of naphtha used for plastics, and secure carbon emissions rights.
Chairman of SK Group Chey Tae-Won presented the group’s plan to invest in recycling CO2 and use the waste gas as energy source as part of SK Group’s 5 top priorities during the “Development of Green Energy Industry” briefing to President Lee Myung-Bak in September.
Known as “GreenPol,” this CO2 plastic is dissolved into water and CO2 during the burning process, therefore, generating no harmful gas. It is also expected to minimize damage from fire and reduce pollution drastically.

Furthermore, the environmentally friendly material is clean, non-toxic and easily degradable, as well as excels in transparency and blocking. Thanks to those comparative advantages, it is expected to be used widely in construction, package film, food package and more.

SK Energy plans to build a pilot plant to develop manufacturing process in 2009 and construct a commercial manufacturing facility by 2011 after mastering catalyst and polymerization technologies.

With CO2 plastics, SK Energy will expand its annual production capacity to 2 million ton, and increase revenues up to KRW 5 trillion, as well as secure carbon emission rights equivalent to 1 million cubic ton a year by 2020.

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