On May 18, 2021, Microwave Chemicals Co., Ltd. (MWCC), an investee of PIEF, has announced to promote C NEUTRAL 2050 design, an initiative aiming for a carbon neutral society.
Electrification of manufacturing processes is critical to reducing CO2 emissions while there are many challenges in scaling up and improving efficiency. However, there isn’t an effective and specific solution yet. MWCC is building a manufacturing process that combines the two elements – electrification and microwave processing using renewable energy, which will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90% compared to the conventional processes that use energy from fossil fuels such as oil and coal.
Microwaves are an energy source that uses electricity and can directly or selectively heat materials. MWCC succeeded to develop a microwave platform technology that enables microwave generators to scale up to the plant size. MWCC will build alliances with other companies globally and domestically, and become a world’s leading company to introduce microwave processes to industries.
In 2022, MWCC plans to conduct a PoC (Proof of Concept) to validate a thermal decomposition method (chemical recycling) using microwaves for plastics, processing several hundred tons per year. As a part of MWCC’s roadmap to 2030, the plan includes establishing the technological basis for even greater scalability, and replacing petrochemical processes that generate enormous CO2 emissions and consume energy with microwave processes. MWCC will continue accelerating C NEUTRAL 2050 design and become a leader for contributing to a carbon neutral society through introducing microwave processes into the chemical industry.