In this R&D program BASF focuses on base chemicals, which are responsible for ~70% of the GHG emissions of the chemical industry. By electrification and new processes, they could be produced almost GHG emission free.
A core element is the methane pyrolysis which enables the production of CO2-emission-free hydrogen based on (initially) fossil methane. Also, BASF develops the world’s first electric heating concept for steam cracker, which potentially can reduce the CO2 emissions of BASF’s steam crackers by up to 90%.
On the basis of innovative catalyst systems also a nearly CO2-free synthesis pathway for olefins, the largest intermediate in the chemical industry, is developed.
Currently around 100 employees are involved. The first pilot plants are to be built in the coming years. In case of successful development and suitable framework conditions (renewable energy supply at competitive prices, global action regarding CO2 pricing) we expect implementation and GHG emission reduction from 2030 onwards.