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The Power-to-Fuel project is underway

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The Power-to-Fuel project, led by Liquid Wind, will establish commercial-scale renewable fuel facilities. An expert consortium (consisting of Axpo, COWI, Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens) will combine their expertise and technology to produce liquid, carbon neutral fuel from captured carbon dioxide (CCU) and green hydrogen (from renewable electricity). The project is supported by a €1.7 million investment from EIT InnoEnergy and is a significant milestone in meeting growing demand for renewable fuels to enable more sustainable transportation.

Together, the consortium members will integrate their technology and optimise the fuel production process. Each facility will capture waste carbon dioxide (CCU) and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable methanol, eMethanol. This versatile, liquid fuel is 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 fuel provides an ideal solution to reduce carbon emissions, particularly within the Marine sector and Road Transport, which are currently lacking viable, low-carbon fuel options at scale.

The consortium is now designing the technology integration for the first facility in Sweden and expect to be supplying eMethanol from 2023. Each facility will produce 45 000 tpy of carbon neutral fuel, enabling a reduction of 90 000 t of CO2. The long-term collaboration will result in a standardised eMethanol facility blueprint, captured as a ‘digital twin’, for efficient replication. Liquid Wind and the consortium intend to develop six facilities across Scandinavia by 2030. The concept will then be scaled and licensed internationally.

Some of the expertise and technology featured in this project includes:

Axpo Nordic AS will handle power supply to the facility, this includes balance responsibility, intra-day optimisation and long-term fix-price supply for power. Axpo is the perfect partner for this given their extensive wind portfolio and interest in contributing to both wind power investments, ancillary services to the market and new sustainability-based business ideas in line with Liquid Wind.

Carbon Clean Solutions specialises in low-cost carbon dioxide capture technology. Their technology will efficiently capture and concentrate waste carbon dioxide from large-scale emitters.

COWI has competencies within engineering, economics and environmental science. They will support the consortium with project management and engineering, to ensure all partner’s work is incorporated for the Balance of Plant. COWI are interested to support the use of advanced fuels made from renewable feedstocks.

Haldor Topsoe will contribute its efficient methanol process, hardware and catalysts to the Liquid Wind consortium.

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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