PCC SE and Landsvirkjun Aim For Transport Decarbonization
Landsvirkjun, The National Power Company of Iceland, and Duisburg-based PCC SE have agreed to join hands to explore the possibility of capturing and utilizing carbon emissions from PCC’s silicon metal plant in northeast Iceland.
April 12, 2022. By News Bureau
Carbon emissions will be utilized to produce green methanol that can for example replace fossil fuel in ships.
Methanol is not just a liquid chemical used in endless daily products, but Green Methanol is also a promising energy carrier, seen as an alternative to fossil fuels. It has the potential to play a vital role in the decarbonization of shipping vessels.
Renewable carbon source from PCC’s silicon metal plant in Iceland and renewable power from Landsvirkjun´s power stations are required for the production of green methanol. The process of methanol synthesis requires the combined input of pure carbon dioxide and hydrogen from water electrolysis, with the only by-product being oxygen and water.
PCC intend to make their Húsavík silicon metal plant carbon neutral by replacing fossil carbon reductants in their production with renewable alternatives. The Balki plant accounts for emissions of 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide yearly due to the nature of the chemical reaction that reduces quartzite (SiO2) with a carbon reductant to produce silicon metal.
“We are ready to take the next step at PCC BakkiSilicon; capture carbon emissions from our production and utilise for the energy transition. Our operations are already on track for carbon neutrality, but the production of green methanol, which can be used as maritime fuel, would certainly be a milestone", said Peter Wenzel, CEO, PCC SE.
Hörður Arnarson, CEO, Landsvirkjun stated, “We at Landsvirkjun welcome the opportunity to collaborate on a green solution with a good customer. The energy transition is urgent, especially in the fleet. If we can use our renewable electricity to produce green methanol at PCC BakkiSilicon, we are one step closer to a green future.”
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