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New Green Technology Launched at Bangor University

An industrial-scale green testing facility has launched at Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre.

Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre has launched an industrial-scale green testing facility which will be available to businesses at the University. This has been realised through the investment of £345,000 from the Welsh Government’s European Funded Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) programme.

‘The CO2 Lab’ makes good use of carbon dioxide (CO2), generated as a by-product from the chemical and brewing industry. At Bangor University scientists now have the opportunity to recycle this CO2, and use it to replace solvents that have been utilised in the chemical industry for a variety of purposes previously.

The CO2 lab.CO2 has previously been used effectively as a solvent in applications like the decaffeination of coffee, and the isolation of waxes and oils for cosmetic and personal care products. This technology can provide high purity extracts which do not have organic solvent residues, which can be apparent with conventional industrial extraction processes.

The Centre will make this technology available to commercial firms and academic groups in particular to assist in the commercial development of new processes based on CO2 process technologies including extraction and purification of natural products.

Professor John G Hughes, Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University, who was present at the launch, commented:

“We are delighted that Bangor University is set to become a UK leader in promoting the adoption of greener chemical extraction processes. This will also lead to the development of strategic partnerships with major global organisations bringing inward investment to north-west Wales and beyond.”

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