Development, construction, and operation of proprietary generation capacity portfolios
Bio-methanol production from green hydrogen
Under the SUN2GAS brand, we plan, build and operate bio-methanol power plants that use hydrogen and CO2 recovery to produce bio-methanol on site and sell it to regional and national customers. We make the roughly 75 degree process heat from our bio-methanol power plants available to municipal or industrial local and district heating networks.
We plan, build and operate state-of-the-art bio-methanol power plants at suitable locations in northeastern Germany- locations where green electricity from photovoltaics and wind, green CO2 from biogas plants and wood chip burning plants or the like, and consumer infrastructure for bio-methanol and process heat are economically viable. The electrolysis from these plants produces oxygen, which can be used in wastewater treatment plants, for example.
Our bio-methanol plants can be operated dynamically so that surplus electricity can be used to support the grid. Their capacity for reconversion to electricity makes them suitable to participate in the primary energy market.
The production of bio-methanol
Producing methanol requires the elements hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.
The source of the carbon and oxygen is where the magic of bio-methanol begins: CO2 can be used to produce both. This allows CO2 to transform from zero to hero, a far cry from its climate-killer role at the center of the climate change debate.
Bio-methanol versus hydrogen
Methanol is the simplest of the alcohols and the most commonly produced organic chemical. The volumetric density of methanol stores is 9 times higher than that of hydrogen.
Only bio-methanol can close the CO2 cycle. Its greatest benefit is that it is produced from CO2, completing the cycle and creating a CO2-reducing effect.
Bio-methanol is liquid at room temperature. This makes it very safe compared to hydrogen, and allows it to be cheaply transported and easily stored.
Bio-methanol can be used with existing fossil infrastructure, so that investments of past decades are not lost and new infrastructure costs can be avoided. This saves time and money during conversion.
Bio-methanol value creation takes place regionally, since the raw materials of CO2, hydrogen, and energy can be domestically obtained within the respective regions. This means that a high proportion of the added value can be generated locally, region-to-region.
Bio-methanol already represents a significant improvement to the fuel carbon footprint, as it can be used as the diesel substitute DME and in methanol fuel cells.