Petrotahlil - TokyoThe New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has selected Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHIENG) and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co.
(MGC) to conduct joint research on the effective recycling of carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce methanol.
The partners will research CO2 emitted from the refinery in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, Japan, where CO2 is captured and stored by an existing demonstration plant.
The three companies will utilize the demonstration plant currently employed for CO2, capture and storage (CCS) to research activities for CO2 capture and utiliza-tion in order to produce the methanol.
MHPS, leader of the consortium, proposed using captured CO2 to synthesize methanol.
The process will combine captured CO2 with hydrogen obtained as a by-product from refineries or from water electrolysis within the existing CCS facilities.
The scope of the research, which is expected to run until February 2021, includes performance assessment of key components of the proposed facilities with relevant technology survey, basic engineering for optimizing plant configuration, conducting an economic feasibility and its future outlook.
A 20-t/d class carbon-recycled methanol synthesis plant is planned to be installed adjacent to the existing CCS facility. The partners will conduct a survey project based on the potential unit.
MGC will provide its expertise related to methanol production and synthesis catalysts, as well as process technology for methanol production in cooperation with MHIENG. MHPS and MHIENG will both leverage their experience with engineering, procurement and construction.
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