Project Air initiative moves forward; hydrogen and sustainable methanol will be part of project in Sweden


Project Air, an industrial initiative in Sweden to transform the chemical industry towards climate neutrality, has taken a further step forward in the past seven days with an environmental permit to allow for the production of more sustainable methanol.

Described by collaborators Perstorp Group – the specialty chemicals company – and Uniper as a ‘flagship project’ of the energy transition, Project Air aims to be a critical enabler for the European chemicals industry to become carbon neutral.

Green hydrogen production, sustainable methanol generation and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) are core pillars of the site in Stenungsund.

An agreement with CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) on 19thJanuary granted support from the EU Innovation Fund to facilitate its groundbreaking technology, while it was announced in March that Uniper had commissioned the Dresden-based company Sunfire to build a 30 MW pressurised alkaline electrolysis plant at the site to generate green hydrogen using renewable electricity and purified wastewater.

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