Denmark: CO2-Neutral Methanol from Biogas Topsoe’s Demo Plant Begins Operations for Sustainable Methanol Production

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Haldor Topsoe’s demo plant will utilize its electrified steam methane reforming technology (eSMR) for producing sustainable methanol from biogas at a competitive cost as compared to other non-fossil fuels. Located at Aarhus University’s research facility in Foulum, Denmark, the unit is expected to have an annual capacity of 10,000l of CO2-neutral methanol from biogas.

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Topsoe’s demo plant is scheduled to be fully operational by 2022.
Topsoe’s demo plant is scheduled to be fully operational by 2022.
(Source: Haldor Topsoe)

Kgs. Lyngby/Denmark – Haldor Topsoe is leading the demonstration plant project and its partners constitute Aarhus University – Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Sintex, Blue World Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Energinet, Aalborg University, as well as PlanEnergi.

The main feature in the demonstration plant is Topsoe’s eSMR technology, which enables not only the production of sustainable methanol, but also other sustainable products like green hydrogen, green ammonia, efuels, and more.

“Fighting climate change demands clean fuels for all sectors. With this initiative, we will demonstrate that we are able to transform classical production processes into a fully carbon-neutral scheme. Specifically, we will demonstrate that sustainable methanol can be produced from biogas at a very competitive cost compared to other green methanol produced from non-fossil fuels,” says Kim Grøn Knudsen, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Haldor Topsoe.

The new electrified steam methane reforming technology is central in a future based on renewable energy and circular bioeconomy.

Thomas Lundgaard, project manager at Aarhus University, Dept. of Biological and Chemical Engineering

“We are very happy about the accomplishments in the joint project so far. The new electrified steam methane reforming technology is central in a future based on renewable energy and circular bioeconomy and the eSMR demo plant fits perfectly into our energy research facility in Foulum, Denmark. We see many interesting perspectives in this new technology, and we look forward to unlock the potential of further development and integration of the technology in the energy system of the future,” says Thomas Lundgaard, project manager at Aarhus University, Dept. of Biological and Chemical Engineering.

The demonstration program is part of Topsoe’s ambition to take part in the global movement to reduce the global carbon footprint and one of many initiatives to develop solutions for sustainable aviation, shipping and heavy transportation in general.

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