Haldor Topsoe will build a demonstration plant to produce cost-competitive CO2-neutral methanol from biogas and green electricity.

The 10kg/hour plant will demonstrate the Danish catalysis company’s eSMR MethanolTM technology, which exploits the full carbon potential of biogas by utilising the 40% CO2 content.

The technology heats the process using green electricity from wind turbines or solar panels instead of natural gas.

The demonstration plant will be located at Aarhus University’s research facility in Foulum, Denmark, and receives funding from EUDP – Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme.

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Source: Haldor Topsoe

Scheduled to be fully operational at the beginning of 2022, the plant is expected to demonstrate that sustainable methanol production from biogas can compete with traditional methanol production based on fossil fuels.

“We look forward to repeating the very promising results we have achieved in the laboratory at an industrial scale,” said Peter Mølgaard Mortensen, Principal Scientist at Haldor Topsoe.

“We want to show that sustainable methanol can be produced from biogas at a cost similar to that of traditional methanol produced from fossil fuels.”

“The eSMR MethanolTM technology is about 100 times smaller than the traditional units which makes it a very attractive solution for decentral biogas sites and world scale producers alike.”

The eSMR MethanolTM process is CO2-neutral when based on biogas as feedstock and green electricity for heating. It even utilizes the CO2 that makes up about 40% of biogas and typically is costly to separate and vent in production of grid quality biogas.