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11/4/22

BMDV-funded M2SAF development project for the production of sustainable aviation fuel from methanol successfully launched

The aviation industry plays an essential role in recent initiatives to create sustainable refinery and petrochemical products. Market and legislation are asking more and more for sustainable jet fuel. The demand for hydrocarbon-based aviation fuel, which is currently almost exclusively produced conventionally from crude oil (Jet A1), will increase significantly in the next few years as airline operations continue to grow. At the same time, there is very little potential for other substitutes such as hydrogen operating engines or battery-powered aircraft in the large-capacity aircraft sector.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a high potential alternative to fossil based fuel, and can be used as drop-in fuel without major modifications to the engines and infrastructure. Numerous technologies based on renewable or synthetic CO2-based raw material sources have coexisted for years. All current SAFs have in common that they are used in a blend with conventional jet fuel, however, depending on the production route, the drop-in rate is typically limited to a maximum of 50%.

Within the M2SAF project consortium, companies have joined forces with the aim of developing a process that, in addition to producing a 100% drop-in capable SAF, also allows the process route used for this to be as selective as possible, with minimal additional CO2 emissions and with a high degree of integrability into existing structures or new installations. The starting point of the process is sustainably produced methanol.

The 2.5-year development project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) with a total sum of around 5.2 million euros. Activities were successfully launched in August 2022. In addition to catalyst development, process development, plant integration and the design of a demo plant, the project also includes techno-economic and ecological analysis as well as accompanying support for the certification and analysis of the new aviation fuels.

The structure of the consortium combines a wide range of complementary industrial and academic expertise:

As a leading global manufacturer, BASF Process Catalysts develops innovative chemical and refinery catalysts based on the needs of its customers. In the M2SAF project, BASF Process Catalysts is responsible for catalyst development and supply. BASF Process Catalysts draws on its broad portfolio of commercial catalysts and also works with R&D to develop new and innovative solutions for the M2SAF value chain.

As a worldwide operating plant manufacturer, thyssenkrupp Uhde has extensive engineering and commercialization expertise and is well known as provider for its sustainable process technologies. In the M2SAF project thyssenkrupp Uhde is bringing in its experience by developing the technology, optimizing the process steps in terms of reaction control and efficiency, integrating the individual processes into an economical and sustainable overall process, designing the demonstration plant and calculating the total investment cost for a commercial plant.

As a refinery and specialty chemicals site, OMV Germany has many years of experience in the development and implementation of innovative production technologies. Alongside petrochemicals, the production and sale of kerosene (approx. 700 kt/a), including OMV´s own pipeline connection to Munich Airport, is one of the core business areas at the Burghausen site and within the Group. With its know-how on the subject of SAF and in the development and construction of flexible pilot plants - and in particular their integration into existing plant structures through to scaling up to large-scale industrial production - OMV makes a valuable contribution to the M2SAF development team.

DLR has a wide range of experience, methods and international networks in the field of synthetic aviation fuel evaluation. As a member of ASTM, DLR supports the design of new standards (e.g. a 100% SAF). For the approval of new fuels, DLR is the contact for fuel prescreening. In M2SAF, DLR evaluates the approvability of the produced fuels by means of advanced machine learning models as well as the production process by means of techno-economic and ecological analysis.

ASG is a DAkkS-certified testing laboratory for fuel analysis and deals with standard and special analysis for liquid, solid and gaseous fuels. In addition to fossil fuels, the focus is primarily on regenerative fuels, for the specific analysis of which ASG is able to adapt methods such as two-dimensional gas chromatography. For the M2SAF project, these methods will be combined with novel detectors in order to enable the complete characterization of complex substance mixtures including trace components together with established methods. To translate the results into widely available fuel standards, ASG also has years of expertise in national and international standardization bodies.

Contakt BASF Process Catalysts:

Media Relations
Kerstin Hoffmann
kerstin.hoffmann@basf.com

 

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Marketing & Communication
Christian Dill
christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

 

Contakt OMV Deutschland GmbH

Communications Burghausen
Thomas Bauer
thomas.bauer@omv.com

 

Contakt DLR

Communication & Press
Dr. Jens Mende
jens.mende@dlr.de

 

Contakt ASG

Projektleiter & Communication
Dr. Klaus Tröster
klaus.troester@asg-analytik.de

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10/26/22

thyssenkrupp Uhde selected for major Clean Ammonia plant project in the USA

  • CO2 abatement (carbon capture & storage) minimizes emissions

  • uhde® ammonia technology enables world-leading single-train capacity of 3,500 t/day

thyssenkrupp Uhde has been selected as technology provider and partner for a new “Clean Ammonia” plant planned by Nutrien, the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services. Subject to Nutrien’s final investment decision, anticipated in 2023, the plant will have a capacity of 3,500 metric tons/day and be built at Nutrien’s Geismar, Louisiana, USA facility. More than 90% of the CO2 emissions will be captured and stored (Carbon Capture and Storage).

“This partnership marks another important milestone in our commitment to provide solutions to help meet the world’s decarbonization goals through leadership in clean ammonia production,” said Trevor Williams, Interim President, Nitrogen and Phosphate at Nutrien. “We are glad to have an experienced partner with both the technology and proven execution competence to join us on this journey as we strive to sustainably feed and fuel the future.” 

Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO thyssenkrupp Uhde: “We are excited to be the chosen technology partner for this project and support the execution as well. This is another proof point that the market shifts towards sustainable, clean and green ammonia. And we can deliver easy to install solutions at the necessary scale.”

Climate protection made simple: emission reduction at large scale

The planned clean ammonia plant will be based on autothermal reforming technology (ATR) which allows for a nearly CO2-free syngas production from natural gas with the help of pure oxygen. Ammonia is produced in a second step, and the CO2 from this combined reforming is captured and stored. This reduces emissions to a minimum. thyssenkrupp Uhde has over 100 years of experience in engineering and building of chemical plants, more than 2,500 in total. As a global technology plus EPC provider, integrating various technologies and building complete chemical complexes is part of their track record.

Of the 130 ammonia plants worldwide, thyssenkrupp has built some of the largest plants, frequently setting new industry standards such as the uhde® dual pressure technology. Besides the fertilizer industry, thyssenkrupp Uhde is also targeting the clean energy market with its clean ammonia technologies and is also completing the value chain by offering ammonia storage and ammonia cracking solutions being relevant for the transition towards clean energy.

 About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.

www.thyssenkrupp-uhde.com

About Nutrien:

Nutrien is the world's largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. We produce and distribute approximately 27 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products worldwide. With this capability and our leading agriculture retail network, we are well positioned to supply the needs of our customers. We operate with a long-term view and are committed to working with our stakeholders as we address our economic, environmental and social priorities. The scale and diversity of our integrated portfolio provides a stable earnings base, multiple avenues for growth and the opportunity to return capital to shareholders.

www.nutrien.com

Contact:
thyssenkrupp Uhde
Christian Dill
Senior Communications Manager
Telefon: +49 231 547 3334
E-mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

Contact:
Nutrien
Megan Fielding
Vice President, Brand & Culture Communications
Telefon : +403 797-3015
E-mail: Media@nutrien.com

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9/26/22

thyssenkrupp Uhde wins order for low-emission coke oven battery in Japan

  • Environmentally friendly EnviBAT® technology installed for first time in Japan

  • Pad-up rebuild of existing battery

thyssenkrupp Uhde has won an order from Nippon Coke & Engineering Co., Ltd. (NCE) to build and supply a new low-emission, top-charge coke oven battery in Japan. The new battery will be installed at the Kitakyushu works as a replacement for the existing battery 2A. The design will include thyssenkrupp Uhde’s proprietary EnviBAT® system to reduce emissions during the coking process.

“With this state-of-the-art, low-emission plant, NCE and thyssenkrupp Uhde are delivering an important contribution to making the Japanese coke plant industry more environmentally friendly,” says Michael Petzinna, Executive Director of the Coke Plant & Inorganic Acids operating unit. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration and are proud to be contributing our decades of plant engineering and process know-how to the project.”

The project is part of the modernization of NCE’s coke plants, which involves four coke oven batteries built in the 1970’s being shut down and replaced by new, state-of-the-art, low-emission systems. Worth an amount in the double-digit million-euro range, the contract includes the provision of the technology and engineering, equipment procurement, supervision of construction and commissioning of the new plant.

“In thyssenkrupp we have selected a reliable partner for the EP pad-up project. The company combines extensive plant engineering experience with efficient technologies that meet and exceed the most exacting environmental standards,” said Mr. Hiroaki Matsuoka, Representative Director & President of Nippon Coke & Engineering at the contract signing.

EnviBAT® individual chamber pressure regulation system reduces emissions

thyssenkrupp Uhde’s EnviBAT® individual chamber pressure regulation system is already in use in more than 30 batteries and thus over 2,100 coke ovens around the world. Constant, intelligent pressure monitoring and adjustment throughout the coking process minimizes emissions effectively. EnviBAT® prevents high gas pressures arising in the individual oven chambers of the batteries at the start of the coking process, which in turn almost completely eliminates emissions through all oven closures and the gas collecting main. Further efficient measures such as flexible, spring-loaded door systems, water-sealed standpipe lids and the CONTROLPRESS™ bracing system are all geared toward preventing emissions from the battery and ensuring an optimized operation.

About Nippon Coke & Engineering:

With a company history of more than 130 years Nippon Coke & Engineering’s mission is to provide a stable supply of high-grade coke for the steel industry. In addition, the company is developing businesses in non-coke areas such as sales of fuel, resource recycling, sales of machinery and equipment including the most advanced powder and granular machines in the industry, real estate, logistics, IT services, and more.

www.n-coke.com

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.

www.thyssenkrupp-uhde.com

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8/31/22

thyssenkrupp Uhde to build world-scale Blue Ammonia plant in Qatar

  • uhde® ammonia technology enables world’s largest single-train capacity of 3,500 t/day

  • CO2 abatement in the process (carbon capture & storage) enhances sustainability

thyssenkrupp Uhde has won a new contract from its long-standing customer and QatarEnergy’s affiliate, Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO), for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of a world-scale ammonia plant, capable of producing its full output as Blue Ammonia. The contract was signed on August 31, 2022, and the plant is planned to be completed by the first quarter of 2026. The project is realized in a consortium with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), a leading construction company in the Middle East. Thanks to the uhde® ammonia technology, the single-train plant will have a record capacity of 3,500 metric tons/day. This further enhances thyssenkrupp Uhde’s strong position in the mega-scale market.

Martina Merz, CEO thyssenkrupp AG: “thyssenkrupp has a long-standing business relationship with Qatar, and we are delighted to sign this contract today. With our proven technology and innovation expertise we are laying the foundation towards sustainable solutions jointly with our customers.”

Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO thyssenkrupp Uhde: “The ongoing trust of our esteemed customer clearly shows that we can deliver solutions for the rising demand in clean ammonia, be it blue or green, be it as fertilizer or as transport medium for hydrogen. With our well-proven uhde® dual pressure technology, clean ammonia can be produced in large quantities and we are very proud to be QatarEnergy’s and QAFCO’s partner in this lighthouse project. We are ready for the green transformation.”

Leading technologies for emission reduction all along the value chain

thyssenkrupp Uhde has over 100 years of experience in engineering and building of chemical plants, more than 2,500 in total. Among the 130 ammonia plants built are some of the largest plants worldwide, frequently setting new industry standards such as the uhde® dual pressure technology. Besides the fertilizer industry, thyssenkrupp Uhde is also targeting the clean energy market with its clean ammonia technologies and is also completing the value chain by offering ammonia storage and ammonia cracking solutions being relevant for the transition towards clean energy.

In the fertilizer industry, thyssenkrupp Uhde is a full solutions provider with highest standards and leading technologies supporting the move towards more sustainability. Slow-release technologies such as urease inhibitors or environmental-friendly PLA-coating help to meet highest emission standards. Scrubbing units or ACT (ammonia convert technology) in UFT® Fluid Bed Urea Granulation minimize dust and ammonia emissions, and EnviNOx® reactors in nitric acid plants enable a nearly complete removal of NOx and N2O emissions. All these technologies are tailor-made to customer’s requirements and are offered in fully flexible execution types covering scopes from pure licensing to full EPC.

About Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO):

Founded in 1969, QAFCO has evolved steadily over the past five decades as a world-class fertilizer producer. The country's first large-scale venture in the petrochemical sector, QAFCO was established to diversify the economy and utilize the nation's enormous gas reserve. Today, QAFCO is owned 100% by QatarEnergy’s downstream investment arm, Industries Qatar (IQ).

About Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC):

Founded in 1952, Consolidated Contractors Company is a globally diversified company specializing in Engineering and Construction. CCC has become one of the leading international contractors with a worldwide turnover of over US$ 4 Billion. CCC employs over 30,000 personnel composed of more than 60 nationalities and owns over 7,400 pieces of plant & equipment. The company have been operating in Qatar since 1989 and through persistence, professionalism and above all commitment to Qatar Development Vision, managed to break major construction records and participate in iconic mega projects such as Qatargas LNG trains, Pearl GTL, Ras Laffan Port, Khalifa Sports Hall, Mega Water Reservoirs and most recently North Field East Onshore Project. www.ccc.net

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.
www.thyssenkrupp-uhde.com

Contact:

thyssenkrupp Uhde
Christian Dill
Senior Communications Manager
Phone: +49 231 547 3334
E-mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

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4/26/22

BASF and thyssenkrupp Uhde optimize STAR process® dehydrogenation technology and demonstrate significant sustainability benefits

  • Proprietary process to produce propylene from propane feedstocks, or iso-butylene from iso-butane feedstocks

  • Reduction of CO2 emissions and operating costs through lower energy consumption by up to 30%

  • Significantly reduced investment costs and feedstock consumption

BASF and thyssenkrupp Uhde achieved measurable improvements in the STAR process®, a proprietary dehydrogenation process from thyssenkrupp Uhde that can produce propylene from propane feedstocks, or iso-butylene from iso-butane feedstocks. The technology has been optimized to reduce CO2 emissions and operating costs through lower energy consumption by up to 30%, while also reducing investment costs and enabling additional feedstock savings. Started in 2020, thyssenkrupp Uhde focussed in this joint development on the optimisation and further development of the STAR process®, while BASF validated the targeted improvements through an extended test program.

“The cooperation between BASF and thyssenkrupp Uhde over the past 18 months since announcing the joint development agreement has been exceptional and seamless”, says Guido Daniel, Executive Director Petrochemicals and Polymers at thyssenkrupp Uhde. “In a joint team effort, both partners have provided their specific expertise to improve the dehydrogenation process. The results show that we significantly exceeded our goals to reduce the consumption of energy and resources of the STAR process®.”

Detlef Ruff, Senior Vice President, Process Catalysts at BASF, says: “We are proud to be part of this collaboration and to bring in our unique know-how as a world-leading catalyst manufacturer. This joint project is a perfect example of how we enable sustainability for our customers and partners.”

About BASF’s Catalysts Division

BASF’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts. The group offers exceptional expertise in the development of technologies that protect the air we breathe, produce the fuels that power our world and ensure efficient production of a wide variety of chemicals, plastics and other products, including advanced battery materials. By leveraging our industry-leading R&D platforms, passion for innovation and deep knowledge of precious and base metals, BASF’s Catalysts division develops unique, proprietary solutions that drive customer success. Further information on BASF’s Catalysts division is available on the Internet at
www.catalysts.basf.com.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.
www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com

Contacts:

thyssenkrupp Uhde
Christian Dill
Senior Communications Manager
Phone: +49 231 547 3334
E-mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

BASF
Media Relations
Kerstin Hoffmann
Phone: +49 621 60-29875
kerstin.hoffmann@basf.com

BASF SE
67056 Ludwigshafen
www.basf.com
presse.kontakt@basf.com 

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3/30/22

thyssenkrupp, Holcim and TU Berlin kick off research project on CO2 reduction

  • Carbon capture by means of a new amine scrubbing process

  • Goal is to reduce emissions in existing cement plants

The cement industry is working on reducing CO2 emissions in a number of ways. Why? Because even with the sole use of renewable energies, the raw materials used in cement production result in CO2 being released and emitted to the atmosphere. thyssenkrupp Uhde, Holcim and the Technische Universität Berlin have therefore partnered up in a joint project to investigate the use of a novel amine scrubbing technology for carbon capture. The goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from existing cement plants and at the same time utilize the captured CO2 for other applications. In concrete terms, this includes the development of new mass transfer process equipment that is more efficient and resilient to contaminations. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action under the funding number 03EE5103A.

Dr. Ralph Kleinschmidt, Head of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at thyssenkrupp Uhde: "Amine scrubbing is already commonly used to recover CO2 from process gases or exhaust gases. Now, we are developing the technology further and optimizing it for the cement industry. Additional applications for capturing CO2 direct at source, such as in waste incineration plants, are also possible."

Arne Stecher, Head of Decarbonization at Holcim Germany: "Carbon capture will be a must for cement plants in the near future. That is why we are testing different processes to find the best carbon capture technology. Carbon capture by means of amine scrubbing is a promising solution. I am pleased that, together with our partners, we can test the use of this innovative process in the cement industry.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens-Uwe Repke, Chair of Process Dynamics and Operations Group at TU Berlin: "Developing innovative carbon capture technology for gas treating and improving the efficiency, environmental compatibility, and sustainability of existing carbon capture processes, as well as putting them into practice, is an urgent and crucial task that makes a direct contribution to climate protection. These goals can only be achieved if industry cooperates closely with research facilities like universities."

The performance and efficiency of this equipment is being tested using real exhaust gas at the cement plant located in Beckum, Germany. This is paving the way for commercial use. Various possibilities for using the captured CO2 are also being examined, for example methanol or sustainable fuels. With this process, the partners are seeking to make a contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases, especially in existing cement production plants. These can then be retrofitted with equipment for capturing CO2 from the process gas without further adapting the production process.

Contact details:
thyssenkrupp Uhde
Christian Dill
Senior Communications Manager
Tel.: +49 231 547 3334
Email:
christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

Holcim (Germany) GmbH
René Leja
Corporate Communications Consultant
Tel.: +49 40 3 60 02-128
Email: rene.leja@holcim.com

Prof. Dr. Ing. Jens-Uwe Repke
TU Berlin
Process Dynamics and Operations Group
Email: j.repke@tu-berlin.de
Tel.: +49 30/314-23893

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