The FlagshipONE facility, expected to be Europe’s largest commercial production facility for CO2-neutral marine fuel, will use a technology package from German company Siemens Energy.
The package includes four Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers with a total output of 70 megawatts (MW) as well as plant-wide electrification and automation including innovative digitization solutions (e.g. use of digital twins) and the entire power distribution and compressor systems.
The plant, which the Danish energy company Ørsted is building in the Swedish coastal town of Örnsköldsvik, is to produce up to 50,000 tons of e-methanol from renewable energies and biogenic carbon dioxide annually from 2025.
According to Siemens Energy, Ørsted’s plant marks the start of commercial production of carbon-neutral e-methanol in Europe and will serve as a blueprint that can be scaled and replicated at other sites, in Sweden and elsewhere.
Siemens Energy said FlagshipONE uses renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen with its electrolyzers. In a further synthesis step, biogenic carbon dioxide from a nearby biomass cogeneration plant is added, and the resulting e-methanol is a CO2-neutral electric fuel that is easy to store and transport.
Used in state-of-the-art “dual-fuel” marine engines, either alone or blended with conventional fuel, FlagshipONE e-methanol contributes to the decarbonization of international maritime transport, which accounts for 3%. of global carbon emissions, the company found.
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 commercially viable business models and private investment. Groundbreaking projects like this are important to finally move from talk to action.”
Anders Nordstrom, COO of Ørsted P2X, said: “At Ørsted we aim to create a world powered entirely by green energy and we believe that partnerships will be key to accelerating and developing 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 business areas and I am delighted that we are now extending this long-standing partnership to Power-to-X.”
In February 2023, Carbon Clean secured a contract to supply CO2 capture equipment for FlagshipONE.
It should be noted that Swedish company Liquid Wind AB, which develops replicable plants to produce e-fuel, is the original developer of FlagshipONE.
Ørsted acquired full ownership of the project from Liquid Wind in December 2022 when it also made a final investment decision (FID).
Another plant called FlagshipTWO is already being developed by Liquid Wind and will be able to bring 100,000 tons of e-methanol to market with an electrolyser with a capacity of 140 MW.
In January 2023, Liquid Wind announced its plan to construct the country’s third electric fuel plant for the maritime sector. This plant is expected to produce 100,000 tons of green electric fuel for the shipping industry annually and capture 230,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.
The company plans to develop several facilities in Scandinavia by 2030.