Global green energy company TES H2 has awarded Aker Carbon Capture with a feasibility study to explore the implementation of a CO2 capture plant at a waste-to-energy site in Germany. The planned capacity is 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. The captured carbon will be transported to the TES sites at Wilhelmshaven, North Germany to produce electric natural gas (e-NG) derived from clean hydrogen and carbon.
“By using recycled CO2 to deliver green energy to users, further CO2 emissions are being avoided, contributing to Germany’s goal to achieve Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045,” , said Jon Christopher Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer at Aker Carbon Capture. “We aim to deliver our modular Just Catch 400 unit, which has gained high market interest since its recent launch.”
This is the third such project awarded to Aker in Germany, which is Europe’s biggest economy and largest carbon emitter. Germany has set the goal to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 65% compared to 1990 levels by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. To support these objectives, Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) has been recognized as a pivotal component. The German government is expected to unveil its Carbon Management Strategy later in 2023.
The study granted to Aker Carbon Capture will evaluate the most efficient carbon capture, conditioning, liquefaction, and temporary storage facility. The captured carbon dioxide will serve as the primary feedstock for generating e-NG, a sustainable substitute for fossil natural gas. The fuel is produced by blending green hydrogen derived from renewable energy sources with recycled carbon from industrial emissions and biogenic carbon, resulting in the creation of “synthetic methane” or “green gas.”
e-NG is an easily transportable and storable clean energy source, rendering it a feasible and scalable option for sustainable energy. With its identical chemical composition to natural gas and easy integration into the current fuel mix, it offers a straightforward and economical means of advancing the shift to green energy. By 2030, TES aims to generate approximately 15 terawatt-hours of e-NG per year, equivalent to the production of 0.4 megatons of green hydrogen.
Aker Carbon Capture is currently installing a Just Catch unit capable of capturing 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually at the Twence waste-to-energy site in the Netherlands. The company also started delivery in May of five Just Catch units to Ørsted’s bioenergy facilities in Denmark. The units are designed to capture 500,000 tons of carbon per year.