“This is a crucial moment in the green transition,” says Knud Erik Anderson, CEO of European Energy, as a new project being engineered to provide e-Methanol offtake to shipping giant Maersk is ten times larger than any plant built to date.
The world’s largest e-Methanol production facility, commissioned by European Energy, will be installed in Kassø, located west of Aabenraa in Southern Denmark. European Energy, an innovator of green energy solutions, already has a strong track record throughout Europe in developing wind and photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy plants. Keen to develop its business further, the company is entering the e-Methanol market, where its renewable energy technology will support the development of the largest e-Methanol production plant worldwide.
The challenges for larger-scale e-Methanol production plants include sourcing enough renewable energy to power the plant processes and finding a viable offtake based on final product prices that are considerably higher than traditional methanol production. To date, it has been difficult to find partners that have the courage and knowledge to make such a project a success.
European Energy solved these two challenges early in the project lifecycle by using its own wind and PV technology and securing an early agreement with Maersk to take the majority of the offtake. The system utilizes Siemens Energy electrolyzer technology to produce hydrogen which is fed to a synthesis process where it is combined with carbon dioxide to produce e-Methanol.
For the development of an industrial scale plant, a deep understanding of the process is required. Siemens Energy is currently investing a great deal in resources for electrolyzer manufacturing with industrial-grade series production lines for stacks.
The first electrolyzer array is already in production and scheduled to be commissioned in Summer 2023. It will be followed by two more arrays. The project has a tight schedule, but the mechanisms Siemens Energy has put in place to support the expected growth in electrolyzer production, with standardization of module manufacturing and pre-packaging into arrays combined with a very efficient supply chain, means it will deliver as planned.
Hydrogen offers a new solution for existing markets to reduce carbon emissions. We are heading towards a tremendous transformation as we move from processing oil- and gas-based fuels to e-Fuels, such as e-Methanol. The urgent need for decarbonization means we are anticipating exponential growth in the use of electrolyzers and decarbonized solutions.
Steve Meyer is an independent journalist specializing in advanced technology.