ARKANSAS, Nov 13 (Future Headlines)- SunGas Renewables, a leader in renewable syngas technology, has been chosen by ABEL Energy, an Australian green hydrogen and methanol project developer, to supply green methanol for the ABEL Energy Bell Bay Powerfuels Project in Northern Tasmania, Australia. This $1.4-billion facility is set to be a significant contributor to Australia’s green methanol production, with SunGas Renewables providing its cutting-edge renewable syngas generation unit, and Johnson Matthey supplying key methanol synthesis technologies. The project, expected to commence in 2027, will produce 300,000 tons of green methanol annually, equivalent to three times Australia’s current methanol consumption and a substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
ABEL Energy’s Bell Bay Powerfuels Project aims to produce 300,000 tonnes of green methanol per year in Northern Tasmania, with a focus on sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. The project has a carbon impact equivalent to removing 540,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, making a substantial contribution to Australia’s efforts in combating climate change.
SunGas Renewables has been selected to supply green methanol using its renewable syngas generation unit, the SunGas System 1000. This technology is designed to convert sustainably sourced wood fiber into renewable syngas, a crucial component for producing green biofuels. Johnson Matthey, a leading methanol synthesis technology and catalyst supplier, has optimized the methanol synthesis loop design for the project. Their expertise contributes to efficient technology integration, maximizing plant performance, and reducing operating costs.
The Bell Bay Powerfuels Project is expected to produce 300,000 tonnes of green methanol annually, a significant increase compared to Australia’s current methanol consumption. The annual production impact is equivalent to the shipping fuel needed to remove 540,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, showcasing the environmental benefits of the project.
The project necessitates 240 MW of electrolysis to produce green hydrogen, a crucial element in the methanol synthesis process. Green hydrogen enhances methanol production and increases carbon utilization efficiency. The incorporation of green hydrogen aligns with the growing global demand for sustainable fuels and contributes to the overall environmental sustainability of the project.
SunGas Renewables collaborated closely with ABEL Energy and Johnson Matthey in design and optimization studies to seamlessly integrate renewable syngas technology and methanol synthesis technologies into the facility. This collaborative approach ensures the efficient operation of the Bell Bay Powerfuels Project, bringing together expertise from renewable syngas production and methanol synthesis.
The Bell Bay Powerfuels Project is set to commence operations in 2027, marking a significant milestone in Australia’s efforts to boost green methanol production and embrace sustainable energy solutions. The surge in demand for green methanol is evident in new orders from major container shipping companies, including A.P. Moller – Maersk. This highlights the growing interest in sustainable and clean-burning fuels for the shipping industry.
In July, SunGas Renewables announced the formation of Beaver Lake Renewable Energy, a green methanol production facility in Central Louisiana, exclusively dedicated to fueling Maersk’s fleet of methanol-powered container vessels.
Reporting by Moe Khaled; Editing by Sarah White