Feasibility Study for Biomethane And Bioethanol Plant in Malmö


Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) and renewable fuel producer Green2x will study the feasibility of building a biomethane and bioethanol plant in the Port of Malmö, Sweden. Green2x uses agricultural straw leftovers as biomass feedstock to produce biogas. The biogas is then upgraded to biomethane, and it can also be further upgraded to bioethanol, Green2x explains, reports Engine.

Alternate fuels

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has partnered with ceramics firm NGK Insulators to develop a membrane-based dehydration system that could lower e-methanol production costs. The membranes will selectively allow certain gases to pass through while blocking others based on their properties. This technology has the potential to increase methanol yield and purity while reducing energy consumption compared to traditional distillation methods, according to MHI.

Johnson Matthey and Thyssenkrupp are developing a new way to produce blue ammonia for bunkering. Thyssenkrupp uses reformers and converters to desulphurize natural gas feedstock that will be used to produce blue hydrogen with Johnson Matthey’s carbon capture technology. They claim to be able to capture 99% of CO2 emissions.

lomarlabs, a subsidiary of UK-based shipping firm Lomar Shipping, joined forces with climate-tech startup Calcarea to develop onboard CO2 capture technology. Calcarea’s system captures CO2 from ship exhausts and converts it into stable, harmless bicarbonate ions before releasing them into the ocean. This process eliminates the need to store captured carbon onboard or offload it at port for transport and injection. lomarlabs argues that with over 38,000 gigatonnes of bicarbonate already naturally present in the ocean, captured carbon can be stored permanently and safely in water.

In other news, shipping major A.P. Moller–Merks called on the EU to set a deadline for ending the construction of new ships powered by only conventional marine fuels. Ships that are built after a certain date and use only fossil marine fuels should be banned from calling at European ports under the mandate, Maersk suggests.

The Australian government has budgeted AUD 6.7 billion ($4.5 billion) to subsidize domestic hydrogen production. It will support green hydrogen production costs with AUD 2,000/mt ($1,300/mt) over 10 years per eligible project between 2027-2040. The announcement is part of Australia’s 2024-25 budget. The funding is intended to support “emerging green hydrogen and green methanol producers with a production tax credit,” renewable energy firm ABEL Energy said.

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Source: Engine