JGC launches joint project to develop isoprene from sustainable sources from recycled tires – Chemical Engineering

Mary Paige Bailey

JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan) has announced the launch of a joint research and development program with Bridgestone Corporation, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the University of Tohoku and ENEOS Corporation. This program aims to develop chemical processing technologies that use used tires to produce high-performance isoprene, a raw material for synthetic rubber. Combining the expertise and technology of leading companies and research institutions, JGC Holdings and its partners are working to develop innovative recycling technologies that will contribute to a more sustainable society, and conduct demonstrations of the social implementation of these technologies by 2030. .

Demand for tires is expected to grow in the future due to growing demand for cars and transportation. Synthetic rubber is one of the main materials used in the production of tires and is usually produced today using oil. Used tires in Japan are also used as fuel mainly through thermal recovery technology. At the same time, society is projected to face challenges related to resource depletion and climate change caused by increased CO2 emissions in the future.

To ensure it can continue to supply tires more sustainably, JGC Holdings, Bridgestone, AIST, the University of Tohoku and ENEOS have teamed up to launch a joint creative program to develop used chemical processing technologies that combine the expertise and technology of companies and research institutions. . As such, JGC Holdings and its partners are working to contribute to enhancing resource processing and carbon neutrality in the value chains of the tire and rubber industries, as well as the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

The research and development program will promote the social introduction of high-performance isoprene production technologies by decomposing used tires with a specialized catalyst. JGC Holdings will be tasked with developing the pilot plant, and AIST, the University of Tohoku and ENEOS will be responsible for developing chemical processing technologies for used tires and related assessment technologies. As project manager, Bridgestone will play a central role in the project, driving demonstrations for social realization, leveraging its research resources and expertise in the tire and rubber industries.

This program on “processing technologies to achieve high-performance production by low-temperature decomposition and depolymerization of used tires (brought by Bridgestone)” is one of two research and development (R&D) projects under the initiative entitled “Development of chemical production technologies using used tires ”, promoted by the Organization for the Development of New Energy and Industrial Technology (NEDO) of Japan and adopted within the framework of the“ Green Innovation Fund ”of NEDO.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan has decided to develop the Green Innovation Fund in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the goal of sustainable development of the Japanese government. The plan aims to accelerate structural transformation in the energy and industrial sectors and innovation through ambitious investment. The Green Innovation Fund is constantly supporting companies and other organizations that address challenges to achieve their business goals from research and development (R&D) to demonstrations to the social realization of results for the next ten years.

Under this program, JGC Holdings, AIST, University of Tohoku, ENEOS and Bridgestone seek to increase synthetic rubber recycling and achieve carbon neutrality in tires and rubber, as well as in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, and contribute to a more sustainable society. JGC launches joint project to develop isoprene from sustainable sources from recycled tires – Chemical Engineering

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