World first wind to methanol plant
Methanol is an important chemical found in a wide variety of end products, from fuels to solvents to antifreeze. But today most of it is made from fossil fuels, which create carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Using our expertise in catalysis and process design, plus our flexible catalysts, which can be used with different feedstocks, we’re helping the chemicals industry find ways to reduce those emissions.
For example, we’re now part of the Haru Oni project in Patagonia, Chile, being led by Siemens Energy. The project will be the world’s first integrated large scale plant to produce methanol from wind power, instead of a more carbon intensive feedstock such as coal.
To do that, we are licensing our methanol technology and supplying the engineering, catalysts and equipment needed to make around 900,000 litres a year of low carbon methanol as early as 2022.
All of that using only green hydrogen made from wind power and CO2 from the air.
The project will demonstrate the potential for innovation and collaboration to help decarbonise chemicals production.