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Falkor joins Liquid Wind to develop eMethanol facilities in France

Swedish power-to-liquids (PtL) developer Liquid Wind AB has announced that the French low-carbon investment firm, Falkor SAS, has joined Liquid Wind as a minority equity investor and co-development partner. Falkor will leverage Liquid Wind’s expertise to efficiently replicate eMethanol facilities in France and Southern Europe.

Pascal Penicaud (left), Chairman of Falkor SAS that has joined Liquid Wind with CEO and Co-Founder Claes Fredriksson as a minority equity investor and co-development partner for eMethanol facilities in France (photos courtesy Liquid Wind).

Together with consortium partners, Alfa Laval, Carbon Clean, Haldor Topsoe, and Siemens Energy, Liquid Wind is developing a standardized and modular facility model. The first commercial 50 000 tonnes per annum plant is being developed adjacent to Övik Energi’s biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

They will use the latest digitalization technology for the efficient replication of eMethanol facilities.

Liquid Wind will license the facility model and the intellectual property to selected partners to develop eMethanol facilities in their local region. This will provide an additional revenue stream to the company and increase the supply of carbon-neutral fuel.

The world needs cleaner fuel in significant volumes, fast. By combining our replicable digital model with local expertise, we can accelerate the sustainable energy transition. Falkor is very knowledgeable about eFuel technology and well connected, we are fortunate to have them on board to bring eMethanol to France, said Claes Fredriksson, CEO and Founder, Liquid Wind.

Each standardized facility will combine biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with green hydrogen, producing 50 000 tonnes of eMethanol per annum. A liquid fuel, eMethanol is an ideal solution to enable carbon-neutral shipping.

By replacing fossil-based marine fuels, Liquid Wind says that its eMethanol reduces maritime carbon emissions by up to 94 percent.

Electro-fuels play an essential role in providing viable solutions to the sectors that are the most difficult to decarbonize. They offer a credible and concrete way to utilize green hydrogen. We are very happy to support and cooperate with Liquid Wind, one of the most advanced players in producing electro-methanol, said Pascal Penicaud, Chairman of Falkor.

Falkor is now seeking a site and supplier of biogenic CO2 for the first eMethanol facility in France. Liquid Wind is in discussions with other potential co-development partners for other regions.

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