ASCO Teams Up With Hitachi To Deliver CO2 Capture Solution For Swiss Biogas Facility

ASCO Teams Up With Hitachi To Deliver CO2 Capture Solution For Swiss Biogas Facility - Carbon Herald

ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd, a provider of complete CO2 and dry ice solutions, is partnering with Hitachi Zosen Inova, a company specializing in energy from waste, to install a CO2 separation and liquefaction solution at a Swiss biogas facility.

The project is commissioned by CO2 Energie AG, a subsidiary of Regionalwerke Baden (RWB) and Recycling Energie AG, which have a history of successful collaboration in Nesselnbach.

This groundbreaking initiative aims to capture and liquefy renewable carbon dioxide (CO2), preventing its release into the atmosphere, ASCO said in a statement last week.

The facility will process 4,000 tons of CO2 annually, converting it into biogenic CO2 for use in industrial processes, medical technology, beverage carbonation, and food preservation.

Ralph Spring, CEO of ASCO, highlighted the project’s dual environmental and economic benefits, noting it as a pioneering example for future biogas or waste-to-power plants in Switzerland.

The Nesselnbach plant captures around 90% of the CO2 produced, equating to 3,000 tons annually.

Liquid CO2 from the facility will be stored in large tanks and then collected by Messer Schweiz AG for sale in the national CO2 market.

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This initiative aligns with Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050, which targets net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.

Switzerland aims to halve its emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and offset part of its emissions abroad through agreements with developing countries like Thailand.

The country plans to save 43 million tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2-eq), about a third of its total emissions, through measures involving energy efficiency, renewable energies, nuclear energy, electricity grids, and others.

To meet these targets, the Swiss Federal Council has estimated that 12 million tons of CO2 need to be stored annually by 2050, necessitating the expansion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and negative emission technologies (NETs).

This will take place in two phases: a pioneering phase up to 2030 and a scaling phase up to 2050.

Read more: Switzerland And Thailand Made The First Ever Carbon Credits Deal Under Article 6.2

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