Aker Carbon Capture to Drive Innovative E-Fuel Project in Finland, Accelerating CCUS Market

Aker Carbon Capture

Aker Carbon Capture, a provider of carbon capture solutions, has clinched an integration feasibility study for an e-fuel project in Finland. This project aims to explore the seamless integration of Aker’s standardized and modularized Just Catch carbon capture units into the e-fuel production process within a waste-to-energy facility.

The potential of Aker Carbon Capture’s Just Catch unit is staggering, with the capability to capture a substantial 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. This captured CO2 will serve as the foundation for the initial production of a formidable 20 megawatts of e-methane per year.

Expressing enthusiasm for this venture, Jon Christopher Knudsen, Aker Carbon Capture’s Chief Commercial Officer, emphasized the project’s significance in aligning with Finland’s ambitious objective to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. Knudsen noted, “Projects such as these will be instrumental in achieving Finland’s ambitious target to become carbon neutral by 2035.”

Aker Carbon Capture’s recent successes underscore its expanding influence in the modular CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage) market. The company has secured strategic accolades, including a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for Hafslund Oslo Celsio’s CCS project at the Klemetsrud waste-to-energy plant in Norway. This newly awarded feasibility study stands as further validation of the accelerating trajectory within the CCUS market.

The modus operandi of the Just Catch unit involves capturing CO2 from the waste-to-energy facility’s flue gases. Subsequently, the captured CO2 will undergo conditioning before being channeled directly to a catalytic methanation plant. Here, it will harmonize with green hydrogen generated through electrolysis of water, utilizing renewable wind power-derived electricity. This symbiotic marriage of elements will result in the sustainable production of e-methane.

Traditionally sourced from fossil fuels, methane serves various purposes, including heating, chemical processes, and industrial furnace applications. However, to enhance supply security and reduce emissions, this project explores the feasibility of producing e-methane as an eco-friendly alternative. The e-methane can be liquefied for sustainable LNG production or used in its gaseous form as a substitute for conventional methane.

Aker Carbon Capture’s ongoing initiatives are also showcased at Twence’s waste-to-energy facility in the Netherlands, where a Just Catch unit, capable of capturing 100,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, is being implemented. Moreover, the company is in the process of delivering five Just Catch units to Orsted’s bioenergy facilities in Denmark, boasting an aggregate design capture capacity of an impressive 500,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The collaborative CCS project at the Klemetsrud waste-to-energy plant, involving Aker Carbon Capture, Aker Solutions, and Celsio, signifies a significant milestone. Through the FEED phase, a comprehensive framework has been established, signifying intent to execute an extensive contract encompassing engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning.

These flagship endeavors align with Aker Carbon Capture’s overarching mission to standardize and modularize carbon capture plants. By significantly reducing footprint and offering substantial cost and energy benefits, these innovations are poised to cater specifically to the small and mid-scale emitter market, further propelling the company’s strides toward sustainability.