Our Technology | Out of Air, Into Plastic
Every day, plants pull greenhouse gas out of the air we breathe and use it to make useful materials.
Imagine if we could do the same.
Inspired by carbon-capturing processes found in nature, Newlight has developed, patented, and commercialized a thermoplastic manufacturing technology that extracts carbon and oxygen molecules from air containing greenhouse gas and re-arranges those molecules into long-chain thermoplastic polymers that can out-compete oil-based commodity plastics on price, performance, and sustainability.
The company’s technology has been continuously operated at large scale over a number of years on a variety of gas sources, ranging from methane-based biogas to CO2-rich air. Newlight’s conversion technology can synthesize high-performance thermoplastics from a wide range of sources, including methane and/or carbon dioxide from wastewater treatment facilities, landfills, anaerobic digesters, or energy facilities.
In total: no oil and no food crops, just clean, cost-effective, abundant, non-oil inputs, including carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the air.
Plastic that actually improves the environment.
Imagine the possibilities.TM>>
The Newlight GHG-to-PlasticTM Process
|Capture: First, air and greenhouse gas (such as methane/carbon dioxide biogas) is directed into Newlight's patented conversion reactor.|
|Isolate: Second, carbon and oxygen are removed from the air-GHG stream and isolated for polymerization.|
|Polymerize: Finally, isolated carbon and oxygen are re-assembled into a long-chain thermopolymer.|