When generating current from renewable energy sources such as in wind or solar power plants, excess current is generated at times when consumers do not need it. This excess current can often not be reasonably used at the moment. The effective usage of this excess current is a decisive factor in making power production from renewable energy sources economically viable.
- CO2 is generated in some industrial production plants such as in steel production, incineration plants or coal power plants.
- The reduction of this greenhouse gas is one of the most important targets set in the context of the 2015 Paris Climate Protection Agreement.
- The new process developed by bse Engineering enables the sustainable use of current and CO2.
- The excess current will be used to produce hydrogen through discontinuous electrolysis. In a second step, methanol is produced from CO2 and hydrogen, thus leading to a valorizing of excess current and CO2 off-stream gas.
- In the second process step, BASF’s catalysts will be used for the methanol synthesis step.
- Those catalysts have been further tuned and adapted for this specific process to enable the most efficient production of methanol.
- Methanol is one of the most important basic chemicals used in numerous industrial applications.
- For example, it is blended into diesel or gasoline in some countries.