Anne-Laure de Chammard, Member of the Executive Board for
Transformation of Industry at Siemens Energy, 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
Anders Nordstrøm, COO of Ørsted P2X,
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
plant represents the start of commercial production of carbon neutral e-methanol
in Europe, based on a unique approach. Instead of building
bespoke plants at each location, FlagshipONE will act as a blueprint – a
“copy-and-paste” model – that can be scaled and replicated at other locations,
in Sweden and elsewhere. The standardization approach has been created by the
Swedish company Liquid Wind AB, the original developer of FlagshipONE. Liquid
Wind develops replicable facilities to produce e-fuel and has plans to develop
at least ten facilities in Scandinavia by 2030. As a partner to Liquid
Wind, Siemens Energy plays a significant part in developing and
progressing this trailblazing concept and provides the framework for turning
these e-fuel facilities into reality with its technology package.
FlagshipONE uses renewable electricity to produce green
hydrogen, using Siemens Energy electrolyzers. A further
stage in the synthesis process brings in biogenic carbon dioxide from a nearby
biomass-fired combined heat and power station. The resulting e-methanol is
a CO2-neutral electrofuel that is easy to store and transport. The
e-methanol from FlagshipONE will be used in state-of-the-art “dual-fuel” ship
engines, either alone or as an admixture to conventional fuel, and contribute towards
the decarbonization of international maritime transportation, which accounts
for three percent of global carbon emissions.
Green fuels are currently unavailable
in sufficient volumes and the cost is significantly above fossil fuel. This is where
FlagshipONE comes in. The plant provides a blueprint for modular e-methanol
plants to ramp up the industry in a way that is both flexible and
market-oriented, and to enable experience that can be fed into the ongoing
improvement of existing and new plants using the digital-twin concept.
The next plant, FlagshipTWO, is already being developed by
Liquid Wind and will be able to supply 100,000 metric tons of e-methanol to the
market using a 140-MW capacity electrolyzer.