Evonik and Siemens Energy today commissioned a pilot plant sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that uses carbon dioxide and water to produce chemicals. The necessary energy is supplied by electricity from renewable sources. The pilot plant is located in Marl, in the northern Ruhr area, and its innovative technology of artificial photosynthesis should contribute to the success of the energy revolution. It is an essential part of the Rheticus I and II research projects, which are sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with a total of 6.3 million euros.
Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading energy technology companies. The company works with its customers and partners on energy systems for the future, thus supporting the transition to a more sustainable world. With its portfolio of products, solutions and services, Siemens Energy covers almost the entire energy value chain – from power generation and transmission to storage. The portfolio includes conventional and renewable energy technology, such as gas and steam turbines, hybrid power plants operated with hydrogen, and power generators and transformers. More than 50 percent of the portfolio has already been decarbonized. A majority stake in the listed company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) makes Siemens Energy a global market leader for renewable energies. An estimated one-sixth of the electricity generated worldwide is based on technologies from Siemens Energy. Siemens Energy employs more than 90,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries and generated revenue of around €27.5 billion in fiscal year 2020.</p><p><a href="http://www.siemens-energy.com/" target="_blank">www.siemens-energy.com</a>.</p>
Information on BMBF activities in the field of "Power-to-X"
In 2019, the BMBF has provided more than 500 million euros to support energy research. Power-to-x technologies are a central area of BMBF activities in energy research. The core element here is the BMBF Kopernikus project "P2X", from which the "Rheticus" project was also spun off. The "P2X" project investigates the production and transport of green hydrogen (power-to-gas) and the use of hydrogen in filling stations, heating stoves (power-to-heat), chemicals (power-to-chem) and plastics production (power-to-plastics). P2X" is also working on the production of synthetic and climate-friendly fuels using synthesis gas (power-to-liquid). In doing so, P2X specifically uses CO2 as a raw material in its value-added chains. In addition, the "Carbon2Chem" project is developing processes for using the climate-damaging exhaust gases produced during steel production as a raw material. Finally, precursors for fertilizers, plastics and fuel are to be produced as products. Because this requires additional hydrogen, the project consortium operates an electrolyzer.
These are just two examples of BMBF funding for Power-to-X technologies.
Information about Evonik
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €13.1 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion in 2019. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. More than 32,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life today and tomorrow.