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More on Germany and Coal Plant Carbon Dioxide to Methanol


More on Germany's plan's to, as we reported in:


with the help of Iceland's Carbon Recycling International and Japan's Mitsubishi, begin converting Carbon Dioxide recovered from a Coal-fired plant exhaust stream into fuel alcohol Methanol:



"07 January 2015 (Various dates from 07 to 09 January are provided by various sources. It is current news.)

(English translation, which we're pretty sure is accurate:)

"Steag launches power-to-liquid project

The development of energy storage technology is a cornerstone for the success of the German Energiewende (Energy Transition). Steag is now breaking a new path: In collaboration with global partners, their development team will deploy power-to-liquid technology at the Lünen power plant.

Carbon dioxide emissions from the coal-fired power plant will be converted into fuel.

The project is funded with a € 11 million grant from the EU Horizon 2020 research program.

Project partners are Carbon Recycling International (CRI), Mitsubishi, Hitachi Power Systems Europe, Hydrogenics and I-DEALS and several universities and research institutions in Europe.

CRI controls an important component of the project as CRI already produces methanol from renewable energy at its manufacturing facility in Grindavik, Iceland. The technology is thus based on converting CO2 to methanol with the help of electricity.

R&D director Dr. Wolfgang Benesch outlines the importance of the project: "This project is a further step in the development of marketable storage technologies at Steag." As early as in 2014 another Steag storage project made its market entry: One of Germany's first lithium-ion battery energy storage facilities, marketed under the brand name Lessy, received approval for use as a grid stabilization device by the transmission system operator. Steag offers Lessy on the market for primary control power to stabilize the grid. The large-scale battery storage is configured to store or deliver 1 MW of power within the span of a few seconds".


Again: Methanol can also be converted into Gasoline, and be used in place of petroleum raw materials for the synthesis of certain polymers and plastics - where the CO2 would be productively and profitably, and permanently, chemically "sequestered".

What a "jobs" program this could be for WV and the rest of Coal Country.

Due to our apparently deliberately-fostered ignorance, our xenophobia, inertia, or fear of the new, we will be left in the dust unless we wake up and get off our dead cans.