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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 

Swedish company Liquid Wind is leading a consortium that intends to establish commercial-scale renewable fuel facilities, producing carbon-neutral liquid fuel, for the marine and other transport industries, from captured CO2 emissions.

The Consortium includes power utility company Axpo, consultancy COWI, carbon capture specialist Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens. The companies aim to combine expertise and technology to meet growing demand for renewable fuels to enable sustainable transportation, and is supported by a €1.7m investment from EIT InnoEnergy.

The intention is to establish six production facilities across the Nordic region by 2030. Each facility will capture waste carbon dioxide and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable liquid methanol, known as eMethanol, which is said to be versatile, carbon neutral and easy to store, transport and use. The process of upcycling waste carbon dioxide for use as a renewable fuel to replace fossil fuels will prevent the emission of new carbon dioxide. The process has the potential to reduce carbon emissions, particularly within the Marine and road transport sectors, which are currently lacking viable, low-carbon fuel options at scale.

“Industries and governments are making commitments to reduce their carbon emissions and operate in a more sustainable manner. To actually achieve this, we need to ensure that we have the necessary resources and infrastructure in place. With our passionate team and expert consortium Liquid Wind are excited to bring cost-competitive and scalable renewable fuel to market to meet this growing demand and enable a more sustainable future,” said Claes Fredriksson, CEO and Founder, Liquid Wind.

“The world needs to reduce CO2 emissions, and eMethanol can help to achieve that. It makes us proud to be part of this consortium that brings together very capable players in the field. We look forward to bringing our tried and tested methanol technology into this innovative context,” said Tore Sylvester Jeppesen, Senior Business Development Director, Haldor Topsoe.

The Consortium is now designing  the technology integration for the first facility in Sweden and expects to supply eMethanol from 2023. Each facility will produce 45,000 tonnes of carbon neutral fuel per year, enabling a reduction of 90,000 tonnes of CO2. The long-term collaboration will result in a standardised eMethanol facility blueprint, captured as a ‘digital twin’, for efficient replication.

The Consortium intends to offer the concept to be scaled and licensed internationally. Liquid Wind is in discussions with several other companies and expects to sign contractual agreements with them in the coming months.

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