ALIGN-CCUS: Production of dimethyl ether from CO2 and its use as energy carrier - Results from the CCU demonstration plant

18 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2021

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Peter Moser

RWE Power AG

Georg Wiechers

RWE Power AG

Sandra Schmidt

RWE Power AG

Knut Stahl

RWE Power AG

Christian Kuhr

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kai Schroer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steffen Schemme

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Arthur Heberle

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH

Hiroshi Kakihira

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH

Hiroyuki Arai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ralf Peters

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Stefan Weiske

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Petra Zapp

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Stefanie Troy

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Bastian Lehrheuer

RWTH Aachen University

Marcel Neumann

RWTH Aachen University

Christian Honeckere

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sandra Glück

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jean-Pierre Pieterse

TNO Information and Communication Technology in Delft

Earl Goetheer

TNO Information and Communication Technology in Delft

Date Written: February 08, 2021

Abstract

For the first time a full CCU chain for the production of the e-fuel dimethyl ether (DME) from captured CO2 and electrolytically produced H2 was demonstrated in the European project ALIGN-CCUS. In addition to the development, construction and operation of the Power-to-DME plant, the demonstration comprised also the successful use of DME as a fuel for peak and back-up power generation (Power-to-DME-to-Power) and of OME (polyoxymethylene dimethyl ethers, which can be produced from DME) as a fuel for passenger cars. Detailed and comprehensive comparative techno-economic analyses of Power-to-Fuel processes and Life Cycle Assessment following a “cradle-to-grave” approach provided the basis for the evaluation of the technology chain. Both objectives - to present the potential of CCU regarding climate protection and to demonstrate its benefit and socio-economic value as an element for large-scale energy storage and sector coupling - have been achieved.

Keywords: CCU, dimethyl ether, carbon recycling, Power-to-X, LCA

Suggested Citation

Moser, Peter and Wiechers, Georg and Schmidt, Sandra and Stahl, Knut and Kuhr, Christian and Schroer, Kai and Schemme, Steffen and Heberle, Arthur and Kakihira, Hiroshi and Arai, Hiroyuki and Peters, Ralf and Weiske, Stefan and Zapp, Petra and Troy, Stefanie and Lehrheuer, Bastian and Neumann, Marcel and Honeckere, Christian and Glück, Sandra and Pieterse, Jean-Pierre and Goetheer, Earl, ALIGN-CCUS: Production of dimethyl ether from CO2 and its use as energy carrier - Results from the CCU demonstration plant (February 08, 2021). Proceedings of the 15th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference 15-18 March 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3812172 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3812172

Peter Moser (Contact Author)

RWE Power AG ( email )

Ernestinenstrasse 60
Essen, 45141
Germany

Georg Wiechers

RWE Power AG

Huyssenallee 2
Essen, 45128
Germany

Sandra Schmidt

RWE Power AG

Huyssenallee 2
Essen, 45128
Germany

Knut Stahl

RWE Power AG

Huyssenallee 2
Essen, 45128
Germany

Christian Kuhr

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kai Schroer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steffen Schemme

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Arthur Heberle

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH

Schifferstraße 80
Duisburg, 47059
Germany

Hiroshi Kakihira

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH

Am Seestern 4
Düsseldorf, 40547
Germany

Hiroyuki Arai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ralf Peters

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH ( email )

Jülich, 52428
Germany

Stefan Weiske

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Jülich, 52428
Germany

Petra Zapp

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Jülich, 52428
Germany

Stefanie Troy

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Jülich, 52428
Germany

Bastian Lehrheuer

RWTH Aachen University

Templergraben 55
52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

Marcel Neumann

RWTH Aachen University

Templergraben 55
52056 Aachen, 52056
Germany

Christian Honeckere

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sandra Glück

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jean-Pierre Pieterse

TNO Information and Communication Technology in Delft

Delft
Netherlands

Earl Goetheer

TNO Information and Communication Technology in Delft

Delft
Netherlands

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