From left: Professor Surya Prakash, Univerity of South California, Robert Aniszfeld, Director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Professor Kuiling Ding, Director of Shanghai Institude of Organic Chemistry, Professor Chun-Li Bai President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Long Lu Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Qiang Fan, Deputy Director Division of European Programs, Buerau of International Cooperations, Chinese Academy of Sciences og Omar Sigurbjörnsson, Director of Research, at CRI.
Methanol as a future fuel was the topic of discussion of a conference held by Carbon Recycling International (CRI) in cooperation with the Federation of Icelandic Industries. At the conference Surya Prakash, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern-California, President of the Loker Institute of Carbon and author of the book The Methanol Economy, talked about methanol as a future fuel. Subsequently, Professor Kuiling Ding, Manager of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry and President of the Shanghai Institute of Sciences, spoke about the Institute's research on methods for using CO2 as a production material in the chemical industry.
Benedikt Stefánsson, Director of Business Development at Carbon Recycling International, spoke about CRI's operations and introduced speakers, explaining their collaboration with the company.
Professor Kuiling Ding was one of four Chinese academic delegates with connections to the Shanghai Institute of Sciences who visited CRI. Professor Chunli Bai, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led the delegation. Professor Bai is a renowned scientist in the fields of scanning tunneling microscopy and molecular nanotechnology and an honorary member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Russian Academy of Sciences, the British Academy of Chemistry and the Indian Academy of Sciences.
Additional members of the delegation were Long Lu, Professor at the Chinese Institute of Sciences, and Quing Fan, Assisant Manager of International Relations of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The purpose of the visit was for the Chinese guests to learn about CRI's operations. They visited the company´s plant at Svartsengi, where CO2 is captured from the HS Orka geothermal plant and renewed to produce methanol as an additive to gasoline. Finally they had a meeting with representatives from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism where different views were exchanged.