Leading global supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, Orion has partnered with RISE in a project to develop and produce renewable carbon black. This collaboration represents an important step towards more climate-neutral carbon black production by replacing traditional carbon black feedstock with pyrolysis oil from biomass oil.
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A., Senningerberg/Luxembourg, plans to convert the biomass oil into carbon black using its small-scale furnace reactor in Kalscheuren/Germany and will explore ways to upscale the process to match market demands. Additionally, using a pilot-scale reactor at its site in Piteå/Sweden, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Göteborg/Sweden, will evaluate the use of electro-fuels, such as plasma or hydrogen from electrolysis, as sustainable heat sources for the carbon black process.
RISE has already shown that it could be economically feasible to produce carbon black using pyrolysis oil from wood-derived feedstock. Orion’s project goal is to validate commercial production based on this research.