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Sulzer separation technologies selected for world-first e-methanol plant

Sulzer Chemtech’s advanced separation technologies are being used to enable the world’s first commercial scale e-methanol plant, constructed by European Energy.

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The facility, in Kassø, Aabenraa, Denmark, will produce 32,000 metric tonnes of carbon neutral fuels per year, helping to decarbonize the heavy transportation sector. As a lightweight fuel produced from solar and wind, e-methanol enables the effective storage and transport of renewable energy.

European Energy is applying an innovative process to convert renewable electricity into e-methanol. The Kassø plant will be supplied with power from the adjacent 300 MW solar park owned by European Energy and it represents the first step in bringing this e-fuel to market at scale.

Sulzer Chemtech will deliver two distillation units with a customized design to the facility. This key technology will enable the production of e-methanol of extremely high purity for use in combustion engines and as a chemical feedstock. Half of the total plant output, 16,000 metric tonnes per annum, will be delivered to AP Moller - Maersk to fuel the company’s first container ship capable of operating on green methanol.

“We are proud to be selected by European Energy for this exciting green project that will have a major impact in driving the transition towards sustainable fuels,” said Suzanne Thoma, Sulzer’s executive president. “E-methanol is a ground-breaking fuel that enables the effective storage and transport of renewable energy, providing a highly useful carbon neutral fuel that will help to decarbonize the global freight industry.”