Liquid Light (Monmouth Junction, NJ), a company that develops and licenses process technology to convert CO2 into mainstream chemicals, has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (Atlanta, GA). Focused on accelerating the development of Liquid Light’s CO2 to mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) conversion technology, the agreement is targeted at further augmenting Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Packaging Program. While PlantBottles are currently already being produced from a PET resin containing bio-based MEG, Liquid Light’s technology—in which MEG is made from carbon dioxide—enables more efficient use of plant material. Additional details of the agreement are not being disclosed at this time.
The core technology is centered on catalytic electro-chemistry. By adjusting the catalyst design, various chemicals can be produced. Liquid Light’s first process is for production of ethylene glycol from CO2, offering a shorter, lower cost value chain to bio PET compared to, for example, the sugar cane-based-ethanol-to-MEG route used to produce the bio-MEG in PlantBottles today.