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TES and VBSA partner to decarb Swiss WtE plants

TES and VBSA partner to decarb Swiss WtE plants
An artist's rendering of the Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub (image courtesy TES).

The Netherlands-headed "green and clean" hydrogen company Tree Energy Solutions B.V. (TES), and the Swiss Association of Waste-to-Energy Plant Operators (VBSA) announce a partnership to capture and transport carbon dioxide (CO2) from Switzerland abroad. 

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TES and the VBSA have signed a partnership to decarbonize waste-to-energy (WtE) plants in Switzerland, which emit around 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

TES and Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE) OGE are cooperating to build a 1 000 km-long CO2 transport system in Germany, connecting the TES Green Energy Hub in Wilhelmshaven, Germany with several industrial sites, where the CO2 will be shipped and then sequestered or reused for the production of electro-synthetic natural gas (eSNG).

Switzerland’s strategic locations such as Basel can be connected to this infrastructure via train or pipelines.

The scope of the partnership will be to establish how much CO2 should be removed from Switzerland and over what period of time, so that these quantities can be taken into account when dimensioning the transport network in Germany as well as any connecting routes.

We are breaking new ground with the decarbonization of our waste-to-energy plants. CO2 removal is a particular challenge. By 2050 at the latest, we need a reliable transport infrastructure for millions of tonnes of CO2. Today we need competent partners to advance the planning of this infrastructure. I am pleased that TES will bring its expertise to this process, said Robin Quartier, Director of the VBSA.

CCUS at Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub

TES’s green energy hub in Wilhelmshaven will act as a catalyst for a circular carbon economy.

The recycled CO2 will serve as a carrier to transport green hydrogen: it will be captured at the source and transported to locations where it can be either sequestered or combined with green hydrogen to create eSNG, giving rise to a circular, closed zero-emissions energy loop.

We are pleased to collaborate with the Association of Swiss waste-to-energy plant operators in their carbon recycling process. Our joint initiative supports the goal of tackling global decarbonization while also delivering green, affordable energy in Europe, said Marco Alverà, CEO of TES.

The Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub will become a primary entry point for green, safe and affordable energy in Europe.

The cooperation between TES and VBSA will accelerate the decarbonization of Switzerland by defining a clear transport strategy for the 29 waste-to-energy plants that will pave the way for the Swiss industry to be connected to a larger European CO2 infrastructure, said Rafael Löhrer, Business Development Switzerland TES.

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