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Swedish Climate Leap, “Klimatklivet”, is investing €15 million in power-to-fuel Liquid Wind’s facility, FlagshipONE, producing eMethanol. (Earlier post.)

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency works on behalf of the Swedish government, conducting and coordinating Sweden's environmental work within Sweden, the EU and internationally. The aim of their initiative Climate Leap is to support local and regional investments that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that affect the climate.

FlagshipONE will be connected to Övik Energi’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant Hörneborgsverket in Örnsköldsvik, in the north of Sweden. The construction process is scheduled to start in the spring of 2022. Once operational, the facility is expected to produce 50,000 tons of eMethanol starting in 2024.

The new facility will upcycle carbon dioxide emissions and combine this with green hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water to produce eMethanol.

International partners contributing to the design and production of the eMethanol plant include Alfa Laval, Carbon Clean, Haldor Topsoe, Siemens Energy, Uniper and Worley.


Arnold Garnsey

I get that there is strong opinion in favor of developments that reduce emissions and applaud advances in practical science know how.
I just wish that the same requirement for truth in science applied to truthfulness in the promotion of those ventures.
Plainly this is not 'renewable other than by some deceptive claim or agreements to redefine language by such as defining ( this example ) as sustainable. Theoretical maximum sees much less than a 50% in CO2.
There has been recent discussion leading to major walk out of participants at COP26 over this very subject of 'sustainability. Refer to: E.U. Taxonomy.

A little less bs to the gullible rose colored glasses wedari ng crew by the advertising snake oil sprukers might just give those better informed (as we dear readers) some confidence that they weren't just pushing some last ditch effort to keep the accelerator flat as we all sail blindly off the edge of the planet.

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FlagshipONE will be connected to Övik Energi’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant Hörneborgsverket in Örnsköldsvik, in the north of Sweden.
The Övik Energi plant is a 100% Renewable electric producer so the CO2 is Biogenic.
(Reference: https://smartcitysweden.com/best-practice/305/ovik-energi-cogeneration-district-cooling/)
The Hydrogen is green derived from renewable sources. The eMethanol will be used in Maersk ships converted to Methanol replacing bunker oil. Not sure where the 50% maximum comes from.
When other CO2 sources are added which may not be Biogenic, then the Maersk ships would need to capture the CO2 to create a circular energy cycle.

Arnold Garnsey

Yes the questions or technologies to make this renewable would have to include carbon capture prior to making any a claim as renewable.
As that is not remotely likely other than experimentally it is disingenuous to make such a claim appear as a statement of fact.
It is a pipe dream fantasy accompanying Maersk methanol burning engine production which presumably will need certification compliances.
To build these 'renewable fuels at scale that many engine manufactures including aviation shipping and automotive LDV and HDV are promoting can only be understood as a way to continue the discredited old industry practices.
The <50% max figure could apply to 100% land based carbon capture for which there is some claim to being possible for small amounts when the best demonstrated performance capturing less than 20% of emissions from coal fired power plant (s) - if there are more than one.
No one has built CC for use at sea so that would be at best an ambition - meaningless.

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No one is suggesting Methanol for Automotive LDV and HDV.
Battery technology and electrification is capable of handling 100% of this requirement. However, there are two areas that current electrification technology cannot meet the requirements: long range commercial aviation and long range container shipping. Aviation is looking at Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Shipping is looking at Methanol and LNG.
Methanol Engines for Container Ships are in production. (“ Milestone Order for World’s Largest Methanol Dual-Fuel Engine”, https://www.greencarcongress.com/2021/11/20211127-liquidwind.html and https://www.offshore-energy.biz/new-maersks-boxships-to-feature-worlds-largest-methanol-dual-fuel-engines/)
No one has built CC for use at sea so that would be at best an ambition - meaningless.
Two more references:” VALUE MARITIME announces installation of the world’s first onboard CO₂ capture and storage unit on an operational vessel!”, https://valuemaritime.com/news/value-maritime-announces-co2-capture-unit-2/ and https://www.ship-technology.com/news/value-maritime-install-ccs-unit-october/)
To remove CO2 from the environment we need every tool possible. Carbon Capture from Coal Plants is costly and difficult. It is also not going to work on any vehicle that is weight constrained (aircraft) or space constrained (automotive). Ships do not have this problem.

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Watch this video of how Value Maritime CC for ships works.

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