JANUARY 21

Innovative full-scale production of electro biojet with CCU

Innovative full-scale production of electro biojet with CCU

THE POWER PRODUCER JÄMTKRAFT IN ÖSTERSUND, SWEDEN, SUPPLY 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY TO THEIR CUSTOMERS. THEIR EXISTING COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (CHP) PLANT NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPED.

Jämtkraft likes to ensure this major investment is long-lasting and supports the global goals and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Therefore, they have initiated a project to find out if it is possible to build a full-scale production unit where carbon dioxide from burning biomass can be captured and refined into an attractive fossil free electro fuel from renewable feedstocks for aviation. Considering a future scarcity in biofuels, this is an attractive opportunity.

Electro fuels are carbon-based fuels that are produced from carbon dioxide and water, with electricity as the main source of energy. Electro fuels are also known as power-to-gas / liquids / fuels, e-fuels or synthetic fuels. They are of interest to all modes of transport and as raw materials in a wide variety of chemical processes in industry. Some electro fuels are drop-in fuels and thus can be used in internal combustion- or turbine engines without hardware modification, and do not require significant investments in new infrastructure.

The project is an in-depth feasibility study for an establishment of a full-scale production facility for Bio-electro-Jet A1 at the CHP plant owned by Jämtkraft in Östersund. The Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Lund University and Chalmers University are the implementers together with Jämtkraft. Additional project partners include NISA and Fly Green Fund. This project promotes bio-based economy through the re-utilization of carbon and production of a high-value product.

A full integration with the CHP plant including carbon capture and utilization (CCU), where renewable electricity is plentiful and growing, can be used for greater synergy in existing production and significantly reduced climate impact. Additionally, a well-developed district heating system, which is in place in Östersund, can mitigate peaks in power demand during the cold winter months and allow utilization of electro fuel production process heat is an asset for this type of production.

The project has a very strong potential to contribute to the development and increased use of biofuels for flights in Sweden. The cost and resource efficiency of the proposed concept is high due to; all raw materials are already in place at the site, good access to large amounts of 100% renewable electricity, economy of scale applies, there is a dedicated site allowing efficient process integration and capturing CO2 as well as efficient use of by-products.

The sustainability aspects of the project are high due to; incoming streams are of completely renewable origin (electricity and CO2), the produced product have a very high degree of renewability, unnecessary transport of raw materials is avoided, unnecessary transmission of electricity is avoided, and transmission bandwidth is freed up for other purposes and minimal additional investments in infrastructure is required.

Budget

Estimated to 100-200 MEUR

Timing

• The project will apply for Green Deal: LC-GD-3-1-2020
• A European consortium created in year 2021
• Project goal to have a production plant for Bio-Jet A1 ready in year 2025

Contact information

Andreas Gyllenhammar
Head of Sustainability
Innovation and Strategy
Jämtkraft AB
+46 63 149012
andreas.gyllenhammar@jamtkraft.se

Anton Fagerström
IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet
Senior projectt manager
+46 10-788 68 81
anton.fagerstrom@ivl.se

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.