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Sumitomo Electric Unveils New Material Made from Recycled CO2 and Metal

The new material, called metacol, harnesses recycled CO2 and aims to spark ideas for business solutions to create a sustainable future decarbonized society.



Sumitomo Electric Industries' new material made from metal and CO2 on display at the showroom on March 11, 2024, Chuo Ward, Osaka. (©Sankei by Kohei Inoue)

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On March 11, Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) and the Kansai Innovation Center, a startup support organization affiliated with MUFJ Bank, opened a new showroom in Osaka. They are showcasing a new material called "metacol" created by SEI from metal and carbon dioxide (CO2).

Sparking New Business

The showroom is located near the entrance of the MUIC Kansai innovation hub in Osaka's Chuo Ward. The display is open to the public for a limited time through March 29. Visitors can experience interactive exhibits. One demonstrates the process of producing and commercializing a new material that absorbs CO2 from the air. They can also view and touch stationery and other small items made from metacol.

The showroom's main purpose is to introduce the new material to startup representatives using the MUIC facility. Finding partner companies to collaborate on product development and initiate research groups on new business is the aim.

Continue reading the full story on Japan 2 Earth to learn more about the new material called "metacol" and its potential to absorb CO2 and serve as an alternative to fossil-fuel-based plastics.

And find more great articles on the environment and the challenges of achieving the SDGs on our affiliated website Japan 2 Earth (J2E), sparking a transition to a sustainable future.


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Author: Kohei Inoue