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We enable sustainability

Reducing your carbon footprint with BASF Catalysts & Adsorbents

Chemical Catalysts and Adsorbent

Discover our solutions on the BASF Blue Map

We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We do so by creating chemistry for our customers and society and by making the best use of available resources. Sustainability is at the core of what we do.

Climate change is a major challenge for our industries. We want to live up to our responsibility to protect the climate by creating chemistry for our customers and society. And by making the best use of available resources.

We at BASF understand the challenges our customers are facing to reduce CO2 emissions. We are facing them ourselves. We believe in our strength and have set ourselves the ambitious goal to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Our Catalysts & Adsorbent Solutions offer pathways to manage your carbon footprint.

  1. Enhance process efficiency through maximum catalyst performance:
    Our catalysts enable you to save on resources and energy in your plant.
  2. Boost sustainability by tailormade adsorbent technologies:
    Our adsorbents cut your energy consumption and purify valuable product streams.
  3. Reduce direct emissions with environmental catalysts:
    Our catalysts immediately help you to manage emissions of nitrous oxides and beyond.
  4. Decarbonize your process through innovative technologies:
    Our catalysts make the utilization of CO2 feedstocks possible.
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Learn about our solutions and products below by clicking on the applications to view more information or contact one of our experts.

NH3 as fuel

NH3 cracking

The global shift towards renewable energy sources requires efficient storage and transport of energy from producing regions to consuming regions.

One of the most efficient energy vectors is green NH3, a well-known chemical that is easily transportable via established logistic channels.

Full or partial cracking of imported green NH3 will play a key role in the future industrial set-up by providing a source for green H2 where it is required.

Various applications are targeted, from large-scale industrial consumption in chemical processes to smaller-scale mobile or stationary fuel-cell applications.

Ammonia

Sustainable Methanol from CO2 & CO

Methanol from CO2 & CO

The easy handling, logistics, storage and its various uses are the reasons for the rising MeOH demand.

Accelerated by the megatrend of reducing carbon emissions, MeOH synthesized from CO2 and H2 is getting more and more attractive.

In addition, BASF offers novel MeOH synthesis catalysts (standard process) which are tailormade to perform at CO2-rich feedstock conditions.


Co2

Nitric acid & fertilizers

Green & blue fuel & olefins

More information to come.

Green Hydrogren Purification

Green hydrogen

Green Hydrogen refers to hydrogen generated by electrolysis with electrical energy generated by regenerative sources (wind, solar, hydropower).

Depending on the application, any oxygen still present in the hydrogen stream needs to be removed and the product stream must be dried.

BASF offers a complete range of product to treat the product streams from electrolyzers.

H2

Solid carbon

Dry Reforming of Methane

Dry reforming with SYNSPIRE™ G1-110

Production of syngas via conventional steam reforming process is an energy and CO2 intensive technology.

The new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst enables a significant reduction of process steam associated to a large share of CO2 import, thus saving energy consumption and reducing the carbon footprint of your syngas operation.

Linde’s DRYREF™ advanced process technology is taking full advantage of the features of BASF’s new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst.

Inline

Green & blue NH3

Renewable Energy

E-Furnace

Learn more about the BASF E-Furnace program here.

Natural Gas and Biomass

Water Electrolysis

PEM-Electrolysis needs high-performance, low PGM-loading catalysts

  • PEM-Electrolysis is a flexible and efficient water electrolysis technology to generate green hydrogen*
  • Ir- and Pt-based electrocatalyst are key to high efficiency and long-term stability of the electrolyzer stack
  • Today's limited Ir-supply and the projected demand growth for PEM-electrolyzers call for the development of catalysts that combine lower Ir-loadings with higher efficiency

Benefits for our customers:

  • Low-PGM electrolyzer catalysts
  • High efficiency & performance
  • High corrosion stability for enhanced lifetime
  • PGM handling: sourcing, supply and recycling
PEM

Methane pyrolysis

Methane pyrolysis is a new and innovative low emission technology:

Electricity is used to heat methane and split it into gaseous H2 and solid carbon.

Methane pyrolysis requires around 80% less electricity than the alternative method of producing hydrogen using water electrolysis.

If the energy comes from renewable sources, the process can be made carbon-free.

Learn more here.

Methane

N2O Decomposition & DeNOX technology

N2O decomposition & DeNOx technology

BASF was the first company to broadly apply N2O decomposition and DeNOx technologies to its own operations, demonstrating a pioneer approach for the control of green-house gas emissions.

BASF is today offering a full range of catalysts and high expertise for the decomposition of laughing gas (N2O) into its elemental components (N2 & O2).

BASF’s catalyst portfolio for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx (DeNOx) from stationary sources enables the elimination of hazardous pollutants without leaving any residues.


Carbon Capture & CO2 Purification

Carbon capture and storage technology

Carbon capture is enabled by BASF’s OASE® blue technology and CO2 dehydration via our Sorbead® aluminosilicate gel product line

We provide the solutions to separate, dehydrate, transport and store carbon dioxide thus helping our customers to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

BASF provides a full-service package, from design to startup, including material supply, engineering and technical services, process optimization, troubleshooting, and sample analysis.

Find out more about BASF’s Oase® technology here.

Co2

Green Hydrogen Purification

Green hydrogen

Green Hydrogen refers to hydrogen generated by electrolysis with electrical energy generated by regenerative sources (wind, solar, hydropower).

Depending on the application, any oxygen still present in the hydrogen stream needs to be removed and the product stream must be dried.

BASF offers a complete range of product to treat the product streams from electrolyzers.

H2

Green CO Production

Green carbon monoxide production

The reverse water gas shift reaction consumes CO2 and generates CO and H2O, thus leading to green CO when applying H2 from renewable sources.

This reaction opens a pathway to the production of green syngas.

Green syngas is an interesting option to enter downstream applications such as the Fischer-Tropsch process to produce green fuels.

BASF has developed a new, Ni-based catalyst, with high activity and stability proven at miniplant scale.

We look for partnerships and target the demonstration of our performance at a larger scale

Green

Methanol Reforming

Methanol reforming as a local source for hydrogen

MeOH can be handled, transported and stored easily.

By reforming MeOH, it can be used as a decentralized, scalable H2 source.

BASF provides an efficient reforming catalyst ensuring maximum plant performance.

Our engineering partner is available to develop the plant design.

Methanol

SNG from CO2 Methanation

CO2 methanation

With a new technology and an innovative catalyst concept, CO2 & H2 can be used to produce synthetic natural gas (SNG) via the methanation reaction.

The SNG produced can be certified as carbon-neutral when considering the utilization of CO2 in the process feed.

The carbon-neutral SNG product may be entered into the gas grid at any location. It can later be consumed from the grid to use it at any location.

Co2

One-step Dimethyl Ether

One-step dimethyl ether process

Dimethyl ether (DME), conventionally produced in a two-step process via MeOH, is a well-known chemical mostly used in LPG blending.

Today, additional applications for DME contribute to address the global environmental challenges, e.g. using DME as alternative fuel or as key intermediate to olefin production.

Using an innovative approach, BASF focused on the efficient usage of CO2 to convert CO-rich syngas to dimethyl ether (DME) in a one-step process, taking advantage of favorable thermodynamics.

Co2

Dry Reforming of Methane

Dry reforming with SYNSPIRE™ G1-110

Production of syngas via conventional steam reforming process is an energy and CO2 intensive technology.

The new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst enables a significant reduction of process steam associated to a large share of CO2 import, thus saving energy consumption and reducing the carbon footprint of your syngas operation.

Linde’s DRYREF™ advanced process technology is taking full advantage of the features of BASF’s new SYNSPIRE™ G1-110 catalyst.

Dry

Our way to net zero 2050

We are a key enabler in the net zero transformation of base chemicals and downstream value chains. Globally, we want to reduce our absolute CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030 compared with 2018. This means that, compared with 1990, we aim to reduce our global CO2 emissions by 60% by 2030. We aim to achieve net zero CO2 emissions at BASF by 2050.

We are a front-runner in offering customers a portfolio of products to enable their decarbonization.

Learn more about our corporate topics below.

Sustainability

Sustainability at BASF

We want to contribute to a world that provides a viable future with enhanced quality of life for everyone. We do so by creating chemistry for our customers and by making the best use of available resources.

Carbon footprint

Carbon Footprint

How much greenhouse gas emissions are associated with a product along its life cycle? This question has become increasingly important over the past years and a Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) can help to find answers.

Biomass

Biomass balance

BASF’s biomass balance approach contributes to the use of renewable raw materials in BASF's integrated production system and can be applied to the majority of BASF's product portfolio.

Carbon management

Carbon Management

We want to live up to our responsibility for climate protection. One way we do this is with our products, which enable our customers to lower CO2 emissions. But that is not all: We also become more efficient in our production and energy use, we will increase our use of renewable energies and we will accelerate the development and deployment of new CO2-free processes for the production of chemicals.

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