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Power-to-X plants in Aalborg must capture CO2 and use it for green fuel

Press Release - Aalborg Forsyning

 

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Reno-Nord and Aalborg Forsyning together show the way to a faster green transition with the plans to build one of the world's first commercial Power-to-X plants, which produce green methanol from captured CO2 from waste incineration, green electricity and water.

The fuel of the future for ships and other heavy transport can be produced from green electricity that has been converted into hydrogen and added to captured CO2, and that is exactly what the Power-to-X plant in Aalborg will do.

“We get one of the first commercial plants in the world, where the end product is methanol, which can be used directly in the heavy transport of eg ships. To produce methanol, it requires a CO2 source - and the unique thing about the plant is that we use captured CO2 from the waste incineration at Reno-Nord,” explains Soren Gais Kjeldsen, CEO of Aalborg Forsyning. He expects that over time, the plant will also be able to utilize other CO2 from the region.

Instead of sending CO2 out of the chimney or depositing it in the subsoil, the captured CO2 is used in the production of the green fuel methanol. The Power-to-X plant in Aalborg will annually recycle 180,000 tonnes of waste-based CO2 from the North Jutland waste company Reno-Nord, which corresponds to the annual CO2 emissions from approximately 15,000 Danish households.

 

Will drive the green transition


The plant is expected to be completed in 2028 and to contain a 300-400 MW electrolysis plant that converts green electricity into hydrogen, which in combination with CO2 is converted to methanol. Annually, the plant will produce 130,000 tonnes of methanol, which will accelerate the green transition of the heavy transport of ships and trucks according to the project's developer Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP):

“Green methanol plays an important role in society's ability to decarbonise sectors that are otherwise difficult to restructure. In CIP, we work focused on projects that contribute to this transition by producing green hydrogen, green methanol and green ammonia. At CIP, we look forward to helping drive the green transition through this project as well,” says CIP partner Michael Hannibal.

 

Development and jobs for Aalborg


The plant will be built at Nordjyllandsværket, which is in the process of being transformed into a green test center, which with its location very close to production can contribute to developing and testing new supply solutions and improving the solutions already used today. In Aalborg Municipality, the news of a Power-to-X system brings joy to Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen:

”The plans for a large Power-to-X plant and production of tomorrow's fuel at Nordjyllandsværket is really good news for Aalborg Municipality, and it will undoubtedly strengthen our position in the green development. In addition to the many climate benefits, the Power-to-X plant will also create both development and jobs in Aalborg and attract new investments,” says Thomas Kastrup-Larsen.

The establishment of the Power-to-X plant is estimated to contribute 600-700 jobs during the construction phase and 50 permanent jobs when the plant is completed. In addition to green fuel, the Power-to-X system also generates surplus heat, which will be used in Aalborg Forsyning's district heating network. In addition, oxygen is also produced, which can be used in local industry or for medical purposes.

 

Facts


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Reno-Nord and Aalborg Forsyning have entered into a cooperation agreement to establish one of the world's first commercial Power-to-X plants in Aalborg, which produces green methanol from captured CO2 from waste incineration and green electricity.

The plant is planned to be completed in 2028, and it:

  • recycles 180,000 tonnes of waste-based CO2 annually
  • produces 130,000 tons of green methanol annually.
  • creates 600-700 jobs during the construction phase and 50 permanent jobs when the plant is completed.
  • produces 130 GWh of surplus heat annually, which corresponds to 7% of the heat consumption in Aalborg Municipality or the heating of 5,000 households.

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