Sunfire, a German based research and product development company, has announced a partnership with French energy leader Total SA. Sunfire will provide a megawatt-scale high temperature electrolyser for use in industrial environments as part of the E-CO2MET research and development project.
Sunfire will be responsible for the electrolyzer’s integration at industrial sites, as well as its maintenance and operation. This represents the company’s first step toward the industrial-scale production of synethetic methanol from industrial concentrated CO2 from the Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland GmbH. The production of green methanol and hydrogen from renewable energies offers opportunities to upgrade traditional transport practices in support of the new energy transition.
“Total is delighted to develop efficient technologies to re-use CO2 to chemicals, materials and fuels. Carbon capture, utilisation and storage is going to play an essential role in achieving carbon neutrality without curbing economic and social growth,” said Marie-Noelle Semeria, Senior Vice President, Group Chief Technology Officer at Total in a press release.
Several studies will be carried out the company’s Leuna location to evaluate the performance of the system in the coming months.