Visititng the MefCO2 pilot plant

The MefCO2 project is reaching its last phase and the whole Consortium was reunited last week in Germany to work on the upcoming milestones and also to visit the site. 

With only 6 months ahead to finalise the project, the last Consortium Meeting was organised at RWE Power’s Coal Innovation Centre in Niederaussem, Germany. i-deals, in its role as Project Coordinator, leaded an intensive meeting in which the work carried out by each partner during the last months was presented and the very short-term tasks reviewed. The project is successfully moving forward and preliminary results will be available in the short term.

Partners have been working hard during the last months in the construction of the plant, integrating and positioning the main components: reactor, compressor, electrolyser, CO2 conditioning unit and tanks. The piping and electrical works are now being finalised and the corresponding inspection and acceptance testing by the authorities will take place by the beginning of February. Thus, the operation phase will start soon. The plant will have a production capacity of 1 ton of methanol per day using 1.37 ton of CO2 and 0.19 ton H2.

As an energy dense liquid, methanol is an optimal energy carrier which can easily be transported and used without expensive changes in infrastructure or transport methods. As such it can safely and efficiently balance access to renewable energy. The consortium is working in a Technology Roadmap for scale-up and implementation of the technology being developed in the project and different business models will be developed to integrate the produced methanol as a precursor for further production of basic and advanced chemicals. Also, a sound thermo-economic analysis and optimisation of the whole process is being carried out, defining the operating parameters, components sizing and plant management considering and comparing different economic scenarios. The corresponding life cycle assessment and life cycle cost assessments are also being carried out to compare the demonstrated methanol production with other production routes and validate its expected environmental benefits with real plant data.

More information about the MefCO2 project in the following link: www.mefco2.eu