Nouryon and Gasunie will supply green hydrogen to Bio MCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. The companies say it marks the next step in the sustainability of processes in the industry.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — Nouryon and Gasunie are currently investigating the possible conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen using a 20-megawatt water electrolysis unit in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. A final decision on the project is expected later this year.
Bio MCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks. Compared to fossil-based methanol this is to reduce emissions by up to 27,000 tons of CO2 per year. Søren Jacobsen, Managing Director at Bio MCN describes the partnership as an important step towards a circular economy. Thanks to the supply of green hydrogen, his company could replace natural gas as a feedstock and recycle carbon emissions to produce new raw materials and fuels. Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director Industrial Chemicals at Nouryon added that green hydrogen was a realistic alternative for fossil-based raw materials and enabled new forms of green chemistry. As independent network operator Gasunie can connect hydrogen from different suppliers for transportation to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030.