Novo22 from Novomer uses carbon dioxide to produce biodegradable plastic polymers.

Benefits

  • Reduced cost
  • Efficient
  • Renewable
  • Reduced energy usage

Applications

  • Manufacturing

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing

The Challenge

Plastics are a carbon-based material found in a variety of consumer products, such as clothing and furniture. To create plastics, traditional techniques consist of ‘cracking’ a carbon into monomers, then using the monomers to create an array of different commercial products. This process is oftentimes energy intensive, uses hazardous chemicals, and releases additional CO2.

Innovation Details

Novo22™ is an advanced catalyst technology that creates biodegradable and compostable plastic biopolymers. Novomer’s polymers are made from a polyhydroxyalkanoate backbone, which is produced by organisms such as algae. This means it will degrade much more quickly and easily in the environment compared to traditional plastics. Novomer’s patented process is feedstock agnostic, meaning it can use either waste CO2 or 100% renewable sources to create the biopolymers.

 

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Demonstration of Novomer's Circular Economy. 

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Novo22™ Loop demonstrating the inputs and outputs of the catalyst system.

Biomimicry Story

The process of in plants involves a series of steps and reactions that use solar energy, water, and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and organic compounds. Carbon dioxide serves as the source of carbon, and it enters the photosynthetic process in a series of reactions called carbon-fixation reactions.