Germany: 90 % Reduction Possible German EPC Develops Process Technology for Climate-Neutral Synthetic Fuels

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Although the Corona crisis is making itself felt in the order books of many EPC companies, confidence is now called for. This is the attitude of Jörg Engelmann, Managing Director of Chemnitz Chemical Plant Construction (CAC), based in Germany. In an interview with the German-language PROCESS, the plant manufacturer sees the company well equipped for the future despite the challenging situation thanks to sustainable technologies, lean processes and good ideas. With their power-to-X processes, resident companies certainly have an ace up their sleeve.

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Jörg Engelmann, Managing Director of Chemnitz Chemical Plant Construction.
Jörg Engelmann, Managing Director of Chemnitz Chemical Plant Construction.
(Source: CAC)

Chemnitz/Germany – There is no doubt that the process industry is and always has been heavily dependent on economic policy decisions – worldwide. Sanctions, corruption, crude oil prices or the recessionary economy – all factors that inhibit the industry's willingness to invest. The pandemic has now been added to this for a year and no one can estimate the long-term consequences for the process industry.

As a result, there is a noticeable lack of demand for projects for the modernization or new construction of production plants, CAC Managing Director Jörg Engelmann reports. The uncertainties in the market demand a lot of patience from all parties involved, according to his assessment. However, the managing director of the Saxonia based EPC is optimistic that his company has set the course in time towards innovative process technology for the production of climate-neutral synthetic fuels.

Beyond the numerous electric car battery developments, a top innovation has emerged here that has been tested and recommended by well-known car manufacturers, is ready for the market and is already designed for large-scale industrial plant construction. This means that the industry could immediately reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 per cent with e-fuels. This is a realisation that may not yet have made itself sufficiently known to all political bodies and decision-makers.

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With reference to existing technological competence in the production of synthetic fuels, it is imperative to create the legal basis or adaptations of the corresponding EU directives and the crediting of CO2 savings to the fleet values of the automotive industry. "In this regard, we call for openness in technology on the part of politicians, as the climate targets will not be achieved with electromobility alone," says Engelmann.

The fact that CAC continues to look to the future with a solution-oriented approach can be seen, for example, in the portfolio expansion to include the area of water electrolysis as a component of the technology chain for reducing CO2 emissions. Here, a pilot plant has already been successfully tested as part of the international Align CCUS research project.