FlexMethanol modules can be scaled up to 100 MW electricity.
Mankind has always dreamed about endless energy sources produced from air and water which also save the climate. Already today we can tap natural resources like wind and solar power to provide unlimited liquid energy with pure CO2 and H2 from water electrolysis.
The CO2 and power from renewable sources are by far unused resources. Methanol, however, is a product that is already used as fuel. A mass market with premium prices has been established for this application. H2 will then be electro-chemically produced when power is cheap.
In the consequence, FlexMethanol modules increases the value of power in existing stations by transforming power to a liquid form.
FlexMethanol will enable economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas CO2 into the chemical energy storage in small-scale and delocalized production units. Core of the plant is the tailor-made catalyst of BASF to convert CO2 without a cost intensive prior water-gas-shift reaction.
The full potential of the Methanol Economy will be realized, however, when the chemical recycling of natural and industrial carbon dioxide sources into methanol and its derived products are widely implemented, making their use environmentally carbon neutral and regenerative.George A. Olah
from Flue Gas
Separation of CO2 from flue gas incineration, biogas purification, ethanol fermentation, steel mills, lime and cement industry in a high purity with improved biodegradable amine solvents.
The plant uses the excess current to produce H2 through discontinuous electrolysis. The Market open solution is realised with standardized units.
In this process step, BASF’s catalysts will be used for the methanol synthesis. Those catalysts have been further tuned and adapted for this specific process to enable the most efficient production of methanol.
With high performance trays the system overcome typical design limitations. After the process step methanol reach the IMPCA quality.
With the support of FlexMethanol the Power-to-Methanol process is way more efficent than methanol production through gasification.
Taking into account a combined heat and power process and the supply of district heat the efficency of methanol production totals up to 74 %.
Methanol is one of the most important bulk chemicals used in numerous industrial applications. For example, it is used in the biodiesel production or blended into gasoline. In China runs 200 million cars with methanol blends. Methanol can be profitable value added in the fields of energy, chemicals and fuels.
Customers of the following sectors can produce an advanced fuel:
Pulp & Paper
Countries with low CO2 power footprint
These operators secure their site with fossil methanol:
Heat driven industry
Industrial and Chemical Parks
Lime, Cement, Iron Industry
Advanced Methanol from CO2 is an increasing market. Use our knowledge and experience to be part of it.