The CarbonNext project is seeking to evaluate the potential use of CO, CO2 and non-conventional fossil natural resources for the European process industry. CarbonNext will identify value chains (products and processes) where traditional carbon sources can be replaced in the near future by alternative, more sustainable carbon sources. These processes will be assessed based on their technology readiness level (TRL), whilst products will be assessed on market size and commercial value potential.
CarbonNext will identify industrial symbiosis opportunities where large emissions of CO2-containing gases or waste streams from one sector (such as cement, chemistry or steel) can be used as feedstock for another to improve value chains significantly. Potential industrial symbiotic relationships will be identified and described regarding equipment, carbon feedstock demand and business concepts.
By identifying the opportunities available CarbonNext aims to:
• enable SME’s to increase their knowledge of how symbiotic relationships could function with localised industry and hence increase cost-competitiveness.
• produce a detailed map of existing and reachable CO2, CO and non-conventional carbon sources .
• initiate discussion between stakeholders from various disciples (i.e. shale gas and CO2 utilisation).
The outcomes of this part of the project will include reports on the identified best value chains and industrial symbiosis opportunities.