Small-Scale Methanol Plant Flex Methanol

Enable your economically viable transformation of excess current and off-gas CO2 into the chemical energy storage in small-scale and delocalized production units.

Best flexible solution for CO2 usage FlexMethanol means profitable at all times

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
Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1994
Preface, Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy (ISBN: 978-3-527-32422-4)

State-of-the-Art Technology Process Units

CO2
3.5 - 25.0 %

from Flue Gas

Water
 

 

CO2
Scrubbing

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.

Alkaline
Electrolysis

The plant uses the excess current to produce H2 through discontinuous electrolysis. The Market open solution is realised with standardized units.

Methanol
Synthesis

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.

Methanol
Distillation

With high performance trays the system overcome typical design limitations. After the process step methanol reach the IMPCA quality.

Oxygen

Methanol
 

 


 


High Efficiency Ready. Proven. Profitable.

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 %.

FlexMethanol

Power to Methanol

reduces CO2 emissions significant,
100 % RED conform

Steam Reforming

Natural Gas to Methanol

use of fossil fuels, reforming
causes CO2 emissions (up to 30 %)

Annex FlexMethanol

Fuel to Methanol

reduces CO2 emissions significant
(up to 20 %), proportionally RED conform

Gasification

Coal / Biomass to Methanol

process causes CO2 emissions and toxic waste materials (tars)

Scalable for your needs FlexMethanol 10

10

Megawatt Electricity

up to 100

€/MWh

Value on generator
12,000

Tons/year

Carbon Dioxide savings
8,200

Tons/year

Methanol
13,000

Tons/year

Oxygen
17,500

MWh/year

Heat Potential
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 FlexMethanol 20

20

Megawatt Electricity

up to 100

€/MWh

Value on generator
24,000

Tons/year

Carbon Dioxide savings
16,400

Tons/year

Methanol
26,000

Tons/year

Oxygen
35,000

MWh/year

Heat Potential
100

Megawatt

FlexMethanol modules can be scaled up to 100 MW electricity.

Your Advantage in Performance Simple Flexible Operation

Worldwide Requested Commodity Produce climate-friendly fuel in an existing market

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.

Premium Market

Customers of the following sectors can produce an advanced fuel:

Pulp & Paper

Waste Incineration

Countries with low CO2 power footprint

Fossil Market

These operators secure their site with fossil methanol:

Power Plants

Head driven industry

Industrial and Chemical Parks

Lime, Cement, Iron Industry

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Additive

As precursor for MTBE (major octane booster in gasoline) Methanol is applied indirectly as additive for gasoline.

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Blending

Already today, methanol can be used as an outstanding blending component for gasoline (e.g. M3, M15, M100) as it increases the octane number and decreases emissions like CO, HC, soot and nitrogen oxides.

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Application

As a liquid fuel with higher energy density than hydrogen and methane and a simpler storage system, methanol is predestined as fuel for small-scale heater and upcoming methanol engines.

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Chemistry

Besides refining to fuel additives methanol is the precursor for a wide spectrum of chemical products. Including synthetic gasoline (MTG), olefins (MTO) and propylene (MTP).

Growing business with our excellent work services Execution

Since 1990 we operate for our customers in the field of technical, economical operational and planning in the industry. We have a complex network of experts from diverse disciplines to solve interdisciplinary problems. We accompany your projects from the idea to realisation with our expertise and ensure the fulfillment of fixed budgets, deadlines and quality requirements. We look forward to you.

Process Economic Validation

to secure investment intention we offer a sensitity analysis including consideration of specific legal framework, OPEX / CAPEX, certification and business model

Application

to prepare final investment decision with economic, technical and functional process design and preparation of approval, including consideration of power market and offtake concept

Execution and Start-up

erection of pre-fabricated skids CO2-Separation, Electrolysis, Methanol Synthesis and Destillation including Catalyst Supply and required secondary structures

Support

Catalyst Refilling, Maintenance, Power Supply Mode, Amine Screening

Be in touch with infomation about Methanol News

Advanced Methanol from CO2 is an increasing market. Use our knowledge and experience to be part of it.

Together with IHS Markit, we organize a technology-oriented workshop on the topic of demand-oriented methanol plants with our power market operated FlexMethanol 10 & 20 modules.