Visiting the MefCO2 pilot plant

The MefCO2 Consortium spent two days in Germany working on the final phase of the project and visiting the site.

With only 6 months ahead to finalise the project, the last Consortium Meeting was organised at RWE Power’s Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem, Germany. During this meeting the work carried out by each partner during the last 6 months was presented and the upcoming milestones reviewed. The project is successfully moving forward and preliminary results will be available in the short term.

Partners have been working hard during the last months in the construction of the plant, integrating and positioning the main components: reactor, compressor, electrolyser, CO2 conditioning unit and tanks. The piping and electrical works are now being finalised and the corresponding inspection and acceptance testing by the authorities will take place by the beginning of February. Thus, the operation phase will start soon. The plant will have a production capacity of 1 ton of methanol per day using 1.37 ton of CO2 and 0.19 ton H2.

The MefCO2 Consortium reunited in the pilot plant at Niederaussem.

As an energy dense liquid, methanol is an optimal energy carrier which can easily be transported and used without expensive changes in infrastructure or transport methods. As such it can safely and efficiently balance access to renewable energy. The consortium is working in a Technology Roadmap for scale-up and implementation of the technology being developed in the project and different business models will be developed to integrate the produced methanol as a precursor for further production of basic and advanced chemicals. Also, a sound thermo-economic analysis and optimisation of the whole process is being carried out, defining the operating parameters, components sizing and plant management considering and comparing different economic scenarios. The corresponding life cycle assessment and life cycle cost assessments are also being carried out to compare the demonstrated methanol production with other production routes and validate its expected environmental benefits with real plant data.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement
No 637016.

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