Development of electrolysis plant for production of eMethanol


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Project fasen

Feasibility study
Conceptual design
Basic design
Detailed design
Commissioning & handover
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Poul B. Jakobsen
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Project description

Development of electrolysis plant for production of eMethanol to reduce the CO2 emission.

eMethanol is a so called electrofuel, which is a CO2 neutral fuel. With the production of electrofuels you can use the surplus power from renewables such as the sun and wind by converting it to hydrogen. This is used to make the transport sector greener.

The process

In 2017 Process Engineering started a collaboration with the department of energy technology at Aalborg University. Through analysis of projections of energy prices and the expansion of the biogas sector in Denmark, they had concluded that in the early 2020s it would be economically attractive to produce methanol from CO2 in biogas and hydrogen from eletrolysis of water.

We were responsible for conceptual design, basic design, detailed engineering and start-up supervision of the plant. We engineered a process producing methanol based on hydrogen produced by electrolysis and CO2 from biogas, which could be used as an additive to biodiesel. In connection with the determination of the operating conditions for the methanol synthesis, we determined the reaction kinetics on the basis of a literature study, and subsequently we prepared a simulation model. This formed the basis for the design and dimensioning of the process equipment.

The plant is the first of its kind in Denmark. A part of the plant was carried out for Aalborg University, while a large part was carried out with support from EUDP as a part of a consortium that received a double-digit million amount in support.

Service and scope of the project

Our service and the scope of the project include:

  • A literature study
  • Conceptual design
  • Basic design
  • Detailed engineering
  • Start-up
  • Supervision of the plant
  • Process simulation
  • Material and energy balances
  • PFD