Climate killer becomes raw material: producing green chemicals and e-fuels from CO₂.

IQ Innovation Award for revolutionary raw material extraction from CO₂

27-Jun-2023 - Germany
Guido Werner

Q Innovation Award Central Germany 2023, overall winner: enaDyne with representatives of the cluster award sponsors Iqony-Raffinerie-Kraftwerk-Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH and VCI Nordost. (from left) Anne Lindner from Iqony-Raffinerie-Kraftwerk-Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH, Kay Herrmann, Dr Juliane Titus, Martin Drößiger, Dr Christian Koch, Dr Dave Ahrens (all enaDyne), Torben Schütz from VCI Nordost.

The Chemistry/Plastics Cluster Award of the 19th IQ Innovation Award Central Germany goes to enaDyne GmbH from Freiberg. The Saxon startup has developed a plasma catalysis reactor that can be used to produce green chemicals and e-fuels fromCO2. Some of the most widely used chemicals can thus be produced more cheaply than fossil alternatives.CO2 thus becomes a resource for aCO2-negative circular economy. Preparations are currently underway to test the system in an industrial environment, for example at biogas plants. The company has now received two awards: They won the Chemistry/Plastics Cluster Prize of the 19th IQ Innovation Award Central Germany and also secured the overall prize at the awards ceremony in Zündmagnet Wurzen.

"In order to effectively counter climate change, we must not only saveCO2, but ideally also consume the greenhouse gas as a resource. For this cycle, enaDyne GmbH provides the decisive building block with its technology, which uses theCO2 from industry for new products. This is not only climate-neutral, butCO2-negative- a real feat in the chemical industry, which was previously dependent on fossil raw materials. The number one climate killer thus becomes a valuable raw material. We see this as a real leap innovation and a breakthrough in the fight against global warming," says Jörn-Heinrich Tobaben, Managing Director of Metropolregion Mitteldeutschland Management GmbH, explaining the jury's decision.

The overall prize of the IQ Innovation Award Central Germany with prize money of 15,000 euros was jointly sponsored by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce from Halle-Dessau, Leipzig and Eastern Thuringia. In addition, four other cluster winners and the winners of the local IQ competitions in Halle (Saale), Leipzig and Magdeburg were announced at the award ceremony. These are:

  • Automotive cluster: Team AuRora - Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Energy/environment/solar industry cluster: Wattando GmbH, Dresden
  • Information technology cluster: Healyan GmbH, Barchfeld-Immelborn
  • Life Sciences Cluster: anvajo GmbH, Dresden
  • IQ Innovation Award Leipzig: Nadar GmbH
  • IQ Innovation Award Halle: point electronic GmbH
  • IQ Innovation Award Magdeburg - Otto von Guericke Award: Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg - Chair of Organic Chemistry

The Cluster Award, which is endowed with 7,500 euros, was jointly sponsored by Iqony-Raffinerie-Kraftwerk-Sachsen-Anhalt GmbHand the Verband der Chemischen Industrie - Landesverband Nordost. Prize money totaling around EUR 70,000 will be awarded.

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