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CRI delivers CO2-to-methanol units to MefCO2 project in Germany

Iceland-headed Carbon Recycling International hf (CRI) and other members of the MefCO2 research consortium have now delivered their key systems to Niederaußem, Germany, for installation. The CO2-to-methanol research project, which is partially funded under the EU Horizon 2020 SPIRE Research Programme, applies CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL) technology to the production of methanol from carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions captured from a thermal power plant and hydrogen produced by electrolysis.

CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids process modules after erection at the MefCO2 “CO2-to-methanol” project site in Niederaußem, Germany, where methanol will be synthesized from carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from RWE’s thermal power plant with hydrogen (H2) produced by electrolysis using renewable electricity (photo courtesy CRI).

Being funded by the European Union (EU) under its Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation programme, the EUR 11 million “MefCO2” project aims to take carbon dioxide (CO2) generated and separated at the power plant and use hydrogen (H2) to convert it into methanol. The hydrogen used in the process is captured by means of electrolysis using excess electricity from solar and wind.

The project will demonstrate the capability of CRI’s ETL system to operate with a fluctuating supply of electricity from wind and solar sources and heterogeneous CO2 sources.

CRI’s ETL system, comprised of a gas compressor, reactor, and storage system, was delivered to the MefCO2 site at RWE’s Niederaußem power plant in late October. The equipment is currently being integrated with other subsystems.

The ETL equipment is comprised of two portable modules, which will be transported off-site upon completion of the MefCO2 project in 2019. After commissioning, which is expected to be completed in January 2019, the system will be able to produce 1 tonne of methanol per day.

The next deployment of the ETL system will be at a steel mill in the north of Sweden, where the versatility of the ETL technology will again be on display, as the CO2 and H2 will be derived from blast furnace (BF) gases.

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