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TOPSOE PUTS SUSTAINABLE METHANOL DEMONSTRATION PLANT INTO OPERATION

TOPSOE PUTS SUSTAINABLE METHANOL DEMONSTRATION PLANT INTO OPERATION

Thursday, October 14, 2021 

Haldor Topsoe, in collaboration with Aarhus University, Sintex, Blue World Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Energinet, Aalborg University and PlanEnergi, has inaugurated its demonstration plant at Aalborg University which the company says will validate its electrified technology for cost-competitive production of sustainable Methanol from biogas as well as other sustainable products.

According to Topsoe, the emission reduction potential of 'green' methanol is enormous, being produced by means of a carbon neutral process and sustainable feedstock.

The project is supported by the EUDP Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program. Sustainable Methanol can be used for marine fuel and other energy applications. The main feature in the demonstration plant is Topsoe’s eSMR technology, which enables not only the production of sustainable methanol, but also other sustainable products like green hydrogen, green ammonia, or eFuels.

“Fighting climate change demands clean fuels for all sectors. With this initiative, we will demonstrate that we are able to transform classical production process into a fully carbon-neutral scheme. Specifically, we will demonstrate that sustainable Methanol can be produced from biogas at a very competitive cost compared to other green methanol produced from non-fossil fuels,” said Kim Grøn Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Haldor Topsoe.

“We are very happy about the accomplishments in the joint project so far. The new electrified steam methane reforming technology is central in a future based on renewable energy and circular bioeconomy and the eSMR demo plant fits perfectly into our energy research facility in Foulum. We see many interesting perspectives in this new technology, and we look forward to unlock the potential of further development and integration of the technology in the energy system of the future,” said Thomas Lundgaard, project manager, Aarhus University, Dept of Biological and Chemical Engineering.

The demonstration program is part of Topsoe’s ambition to take part in the global movement to reduce the global carbon footprint and one of many initiatives to develop solutions for sustainable aviation, shipping and heavy transportation in general. The demonstration plant will have an annual capacity of 10,0000l of CO2-neutral methanol from biogas and green power and is scheduled to be fully operational by the beginning of 2022.

The eSMR technology produces synthesis gas (syngas), an essential building block in production of polymers (plastics) and chemicals. The eSMR technology is CO2-neutral when based on biogas as feedstock and green electricity for heating. It utilises half the CO2 that makes up about 40% of biogas and typically is costly to separate and vent in production of grid quality biogas. Methanol is used as a clean fuel or an important intermediary in the production of various fuels, chemicals and polymers.

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