CapCO2 And Adkins Energy Are Building The Largest Green Methanol Network

CapCO2 And Adkins Energy Are Building The Largest Green Methanol Network - Carbon Herald

Carbon capture company CapCO2 Solutions has teamed up with Illinois ethanol producer Adkins Energy to build what is currently the world’s largest network for green methanol. 

In addition to making methanol more environmentally friendly, CapCO2 boasts the unique advantage of doing so in a more energy-efficient and cost-effective way.

Namely, as CEO Jeff Bonar told the Carbon Herald, the company’s approach uses 60% less energy than conventional methanol technology and relies on small, compact modular units, which brings down the cost of the process substantially. 

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“Instead of a $200-million conventional methanol plant, you can have these (roughly) $12-million modules that you can place around the ethanol plant or wherever you have spare room. And you can take all the CO2 that ethanol plants are now putting in the atmosphere, and turn it into a valuable product,” Bonar said.

According to Bonar, ethanol plants are already putting in a lot of effort to scrub out every little bit of ethanol, which results in a very high purity of CO2 that they emit. 

Hence, there is not much room left to further purify the CO2 in order to recycle it and use it to make products of value, such as green methanol, which makes it an ideal sector for CapCO2’s technology. 

And the first collaboration of this sort is taking place at Adkins Energy’s ethanol plant in Lena, Illinois, where the expected output is 84,000 metric tons of green methanol per year.

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There is immense commercial value in the application of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology in the ethanol industry, for one, because low-carbon ethanol can be sold at a higher price point. 

And for another, because the production of green methanol from the captured emissions provides added value.

Of course, there is also the very obvious benefit of reducing the ethanol industry’s environmental impact by preventing the release of millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

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