The carbon capture developer Aker Carbon Capture is advancing partnerships in the industry, important for its large-scale deployment. The company will deliver a pre-engineering study to the energy company St1 for the development of a carbon capture facility.
The facility will be at St1’s cement plant at the Ihalainen industrial site in Lappeenranta, Finland. The carbon capture project is part of a larger decarbonization project of St1. The energy company wants to build the first synthetic methanol plant in Finland to produce renewable synthetic methanol that will replace fossil fuels used in maritime and road transport.
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The goal of the project is to develop a replicable and scalable synthetic methanol production concept. It will be built next to a cement plant of St1. The captured CO2 from the cement plant would be used for the synthetic methanol production.
The other raw material needed for the methanol-making process is green hydrogen. The E-methanol is produced in the synthesis of captured carbon and green hydrogen.
Aker Carbon Capture’s Just Catch unit will capture around 40,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, which will enable the production of 25,000 metric tons of methanol per year.
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“At St1 we see Aker Carbon Capture as a potential technology supplier with significant experience to support us in the St1 Power-to-Methanol Lappeenranta project. We seek solutions that offer a high technology readiness level which can be heat integrated into cement plant processes. Another part of the co-operation will be to study CO2 liquefaction and on-site storage options to secure the methanol plant operation, in case when CO2 is not available from the flue gas of the cement plant,” says Riitta Silvennoinen, Head of Energy Transition Business at St1.
According to Joel Flitton, Sales Director Sweden and Finland at Aker Carbon Capture, the collaboration with St1 will be the start of the company’s carbon capture journey in Finland which offers many growth opportunities.