ExxonMobil And FuelCell Energy To Pilot Carbonate Fuel Cell Technology

ExxonMobil And FuelCell Energy To Pilot Carbonate Fuel Cell Technology - Carbon Herald

ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy have announced plans to collaborate on a pilot project aimed at testing carbonate fuel cell technology.

The project will see ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Nederland BV, build a pilot plant at its Rotterdam Manufacturing Complex to assess the potential of the technology to reduce CO2 emissions from industrial processes.

Furthermore, the pilot intends to tackle any technical challenges that may arise in a real-world setting and gain insight into the expenses associated with setting up and running a CFC facility for carbon capture.

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The carbonate fuel cell technology, developed in partnership with FuelCell Energy, is seen as a breakthrough in reducing environmental impact and could prove to be a game-changer for key industries.

Carbonate fuel cells possess a unique capability to trap CO2 emissions from industrial sources prior to their release into the atmosphere, while also producing valuable by-products. This characteristic improves the overall efficiency of the capture process and creates additional value streams, ultimately lowering the cost of carbon capture and storage.

CFC technology is modular and adaptable and could potentially facilitate carbon capture at various deployment scales.

Once this technology is technically prepared for widespread implementation, it could potentially offer cost-effective decarbonization solutions for clients across a range of industries and contribute to the larger objective of moving towards a net-zero future.

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Geoff Richardson, SVP of Commercial and Business Development for ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, shared that the technology has a distinct benefit of not only trapping CO2 but also generating low-carbon power, heat, and hydrogen as by-products. In a statement, he expressed enthusiasm for the chance to test this advancement at ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam facility.

The Rotterdam integrated manufacturing site of Esso will be the first location globally to test this technology, and if the demonstration is successful, ExxonMobil may implement this technology at its manufacturing facilities worldwide.

This pilot initiative of ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy is receiving financial support from the European Union through the Emissions Trading System Innovation Fund and from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency through a Demonstration Energy and Climate Innovation (DEI+) grant.

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