Smart CO2 Utilization Research Team

CO2-free fuel and CO2 recycling
Creating a System for Carbon Utilization for “Beyond Zero” CO2 Emissions

We are developing technologies to separate, capture, and utilize CO2 as a resource.

Smart CO2 Utilization Research Team

Research themes

  • Innovative resources utilization technologies that can significantly reduce CO2 emissions
  • Advanced CO2 separation, capture, and fixation technologies for carbon recycling
  • Development of novel technologies to produce chemicals using CO2
  • Negative emission technologies based on enhanced mineralization and biotechnologies for CDR

Concept for social contributions and implementation

We are working toward carbon-neutral, resources-based power generation; converting atmospheric CO2 to chemicals; and the permanent removal by mineralization for realization of a CO2-free society.

Research Team Leader / Greetings

Leader(Research Planning Office of Zero Emission)

SHARMA Atul

We are confident that our chemical looping technology will play a leading role in decarbonization. We seek to introduce this technology to as many companies and people as possible, and we will contribute together toward achieving decarbonization and further to “Beyond Zero” CO2 emissions.

SHARMA Atul

Members

Member

FUKUDA Takashi

Member

TAMAKI Hideyuki

Member

MITSUDA Nobutaka

Member

TOMINAGA Kenichi

Member

NEGISHI Hideyuki

Member

HASEGAWA Yasuhisa

Member

MORIMOTO Masato

Member

CHOI Jun-Chul

Member

NAKAMURA Isao

Member

FUKAYA Norihisa

Member

KANNO Manabu

Member

SAKAMOTO Shingo

Member

SHIMURA Katsuya

Member

TAKEUCHI Katsuhiko

Member

TAKEUCHI Mio

Member

FUJITA Kenichi

Member

YOSHIMUNE Miki

Member

CHUNG KwiMi

Member

PUTRO Wahyu

Technical staff

MATSUMURA Akimitsu

The team is conducting research and development on innovative technologies for a CO2 zero emission and “Beyond Zero” society. Our aim is to develop and implement innovative technologies that enable the increased use of CO2 -neutral resources, CO2 recycling, and carbon fixation. 

Our main research themes are

  1. Innovative resource utilization technologies and chemicals production technologies from CO2
  2. CO2 separation, recovery, and fixation technologies
  3. Negative emission technologies based on enhanced mineralization and biotechnologies for CDR. Furthermore, we aim to globalize our research and development and implement it in society by promoting international collaboration.

CCU: Chemical looping combustion

Chemical looping combustion has an advantage of separating CO2 inherently and thus does not need a CO2 separation step. We are developing a biomass chemical looping combustion process that produces highly concentrated CO2 and power. The highly pure and concentrated CO2 can be used as a feedstock for carbon neutral chemicals production by FT-synthesis process via rWGS reaction. The concentrated CO2 can also be permanently removed from the atmosphere by enhanced mineralization process.

CDR: Enhanced mineralization

CO2 mineralization is an effective path to permanently remove and lock CO2 from atmosphere, but low CO2 -mineral reaction rate and high-energy intensity requirement are primary bottlenecks. Our team is developing a fast and efficient process-enhanced-mineralization (PEM) technology by combining biomass chemical looping combustion with high pressure carbonation process. Combustion of biomass, which is a natural CO2 DAC process, using chemical looping technology generates >99% CO2 stream and power. High pressure carbonation process uses this concentrated CO2 and power to convert minerals to carbonates in few hours. The whole process is fast and energy neutral, making it a core negative emission technology.

Research

Keller, M.Sharma, A., Reverse Boudouard reforming produces CO directly suitable for the production of methanol from CO2 and CH4, Chem. Eng. J. 2022, 431(2), 134127, 10.1016/j.cej.2021.134127

Published DEC 14 2021

Murakami, T., Effect of tar-adsorbing particles on tar components generated by lignite gasification in a fluidized bed gasifier, J. Jpn. Pet. Inst 2021, 64(4), 197-202, 10.1627/jpi.64.197

Published JUL 01 2021

Murakami, T.; Yasuda, H., Analysis of tar components generated by steam gasification in the low temperature of lignite in a fluidized bed gasifier, Chem. Lett. 2021, 50(5), 1086-1090, 10.1246/cl.200922

Published APR 29 2021

Keller, M.; Otomo, J., CO production from CO2 and H2 via the rWGS reaction by thermochemical redox cycling in interconnected fluidized beds, J. CO2 Util. 2020, 40, 101191, 10.1016/j.jcou.2020.101191

Published JUN 05 2020
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