Groundbreaking Venture: ExxonMobil And FuelCell Energy’s Collaboration


  • ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy lead CO2 capture in a Rotterdam pilot plant.
  • Captures CO2, generates low-carbon power, heat, and hydrogen.
  • CO2 stored in North Sea gas fields for enhanced sustainability.
  • First industrial test of CFC tech explores challenges and costs for future use.

In an exciting development, ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy are joining forces to establish a pioneering pilot plant at the Botlek site in Rotterdam. This groundbreaking venture aims to utilize cutting-edge carbonate fuel cell (CFC) technology for the capture of CO2 emissions from industrial sources.

A Green Technological Marvel: Carbonate Fuel Cell (CFC) Technology

At the heart of this innovative project lies the advanced carbonate fuel cell (CFC) technology. Uniquely designed, these fuel cells not only capture CO2 emissions but also generate low-carbon power, heat, and hydrogen as valuable by-products, marking a significant stride toward sustainable industrial practices.

Sequestering CO2: Storing Under the North Sea with Porthos

The captured CO2 will undergo an environmentally responsible journey through the Porthos system, ultimately finding a home in depleted gas fields beneath the seabed of the North Sea. This strategic storage solution adds an extra layer of sustainability to the project.

A First in Industrial Testing: CFC Technology for CO2 Capture

This pilot plant represents a historic first – the industrial testing of carbonate fuel cell technology for CO2 capture. ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy aim to use this initiative to proactively identify and address potential technical challenges that may emerge in a commercial setting.

Modular Innovation: Paving the Way for Widespread Implementation

An intriguing aspect of this collaboration is the modular nature of the CFC technology. This modularity not only enhances its adaptability but also hints at its potential readiness for broadscale implementation, possibly revolutionizing CO2 capture processes in the future.

Insights into the Future: Unveiling Costs and Technical Performance

Beyond innovation, the pilot project seeks to provide valuable insights into the costs associated with installing and operating a CFC plant dedicated to CO2 capture. This dual focus on costs and technical performance aims to set the stage for future environmentally conscious practices in the industrial sector.

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Source: Port of Rotterdam




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