Ørsted is building the largest commercial production facility in Europe for carbon-neutral marine fuels. Siemens Energy are providing the FlagshipOne plant technology comprising 4 proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers. Ørsted with Siemens Energy technology building the Blueprint for e-fuel commercial production
Danish energy company, Ørsted and Siemens Energy, a leading energy technology company in the world are building the first largest commercial production facility in Europe to produce carbon-free marine fuels. Siemens Energy is providing a technology package of 4 Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzers.
The package is about 70 megawatts, and this is backed with electrification and automation systems for the entire plant including digital twins (innovative digitalization solutions). Not just this, the German-based energy company Siemens is also handling the entire compressor systems and power distribution in the plant.
In the coastal town of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, this plant is expected to produce 50,000 metric tons of e-methanol from biogenic carbon dioxide and renewable energy every year from 2050. It will be a substitute for fossil fuels that can reduce 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions by the shipping industry.
In partnership with Liquid Wind, Siemens Energy plays a significant role in the development and progress of this stabilizing concept. The company also provides technological support to the framework to turn these e-fuel facilities into reality.
Member of the Executive Board for Transformation of Industry at Siemens Energy, Anne-Laure de Chammard said, “Without hydrogen or alternative fuels such as e-methanol, there will be no energy transition. We need to ramp up these novel industries as quickly as possible, which in turn requires economically viable business models and private investment. Groundbreaking projects like this are important to finally move from talk to action.”
FlaghshipOne produces green hydrogen using renewable energy and electrolyzers by Siemens Energy. In the next stage of the synthesis process, biogenic carbon dioxide is introduced from nearby biomass that brings combined heat and power to the station. As a result, the end product is e-methanol, a CO2 neutral fuel that is easily stored and transported.
This e-fuel from FlagshipOne will be used in state-of-the-art dual fuel ship engines. This application will either be alone or as an admixture to conventional fuel. Either way, it will contribute towards decarbonization of international maritime transportation accounting for at least 3% reduction in global carbon emission.
Senior Vice President and Head of Legal of Ørsted P2X, Anders Zoëga Nordstrøm said, “At Ørsted, we want to create a world that runs entirely on green energy, and we believe that partnerships will be key to accelerate and develop the power-to-x solutions needed for the hard-to-electrify sectors. Siemens Energy is already a partner of Ørsted in our various renewable energy businesses, and I’m pleased that we now extend this longstanding partnership to power-to-x as well.”
This e-fuels production plant is based on a unique approach and marks the beginning of the production of carbon-free e-methanol on a commercial scale in Europe. FlagshipOne is designed to act as a blueprint model that can be scaled and easily replicated at different locations.
The company is not planning to build bespoke plants at different locations, instead, it will be following this copy-paste method. A Swedish company, Liquid Wind AB, is the original developer of FlagshipOne and the one to create this standardization approach. Liquid Winds is known for its replicable facilities for producing e-fuel and is planning to develop at least 30 facilities by 2030 in Scandinavia.
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Currently, there is no sufficient availability of green fuel, and their cost is also more than fossil fuels. Ørsted with Siemens Energy technology building the Blueprint for e-fuel commercial production and after that another project is lined up. With FlagshipOne plant the industries will ramp up in a flexible and market-oriented manner following its blueprints for modular e-methanol plants.
With digital-twin concepts, it feeds the ongoing improvement of existing as well as new plants. Now, the new plant FlagshipTwo is under construction by Liquid Wind and is expected to supply around 100,000 metric tons of e-methanol using a 140 MW electrolyzer.
Source: Siemens Energy