Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Sustainable Fuels Group choose Topsoe technology for blue ammonia project
- Topsoe’s ammonia technology will enable Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – through its CI Energy Transition Fund - and Sustainable Fuels Group (SFG) to produce blue ammonia from a planned facility on the U.S. Gulf Coast, expected to be operational in 2027
- The facility will use Topsoe’s SynCOR™ technology, capture and sequestration of the CO2 from the production, resulting in 90% (well-to-gate) emissions reduction compared to traditional ammonia production, abating 5.0 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year
- The project has commenced front-end engineering and will consist of two trains, each with a capacity of 4,000 metric tons per day of ammonia production
Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, and CIP, the world’s largest fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments, have signed an agreement under which Topsoe will deliver its leading SynCOR™ technology to produce blue ammonia at the facility to be built on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Henrik Rasmussen, Managing Director, The Americas, Topsoe, said:
“Supporting CIP, which is one of the world’s largest renewable energy investment funds, and SFG is obviously very exciting for us. This great project will result in blue ammonia that can be used for low-carbon fuels and chemicals to help meet global net zero targets.”
Søren Toftgaard, Partner in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, said:
“We are developing a global portfolio of clean hydrogen and hydrogen-related products, such as clean ammonia. Blue ammonia is considered an important part of a successful energy transition, which can potentially help fill the ammonia shortage in Europe as well as being a steppingstone to the successful implementation of green projects, and we are excited to bring this project to the Gulf Coast region.”
Ramesh Raman, CEO of Sustainable Fuels Group, said:
“We selected Topsoe after a review of its superior technology. Topsoe’s SynCOR™ technology is a critical component in a plant design that will allow us to produce blue ammonia with 99% capture of the plant’s CO2 production and an industry-low well-to-gate CO2e footprint that is 90% below conventional grey ammonia. We look forward to serving traditional ammonia and fertilizer customers seeking to decarbonize their products as well as supporting a new industry of using blue and green ammonia as ultra-low-carbon liquid fuels and as an efficient medium to transport and deliver clean hydrogen.”
Facts about blue ammonia and Topsoe’s SynCOR™ technology
Blue ammonia is ammonia (NH3) that is produced from blue hydrogen. To produce blue hydrogen, natural gas and steam are reformed into two production streams of i) pure hydrogen (H2) and ii) pure CO2, with the CO2 stream captured and permanently sequestered, compared to a conventional “grey” hydrogen production process that vents its CO2 production into the atmosphere. Combining this blue hydrogen with nitrogen harvested from the air makes blue ammonia.
Globally, the production of ammonia—the critical component in fertilizers—is responsible for approximately 1% of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Capturing and sequestering nearly 100% of the CO2 produced by the blue ammonia plant profoundly mitigates the environmental impacts on the planet of producing ammonia. The blue ammonia can then be used as a low-carbon transportation fuel, fertilizer, power generation fuel, or for other heavy industry applications.
Topsoe’s SynCOR™ technology is the company’s industrially proven proprietary steam reforming technology used to create hydrogen from high-temperature steam and a methane source, such as natural gas.
Supported by 165 of safe operating years, SynCOR™ is the preferred technology for production decarbonized products over traditional SMR technologies, as it enhances the ability to scale hydrogen production to size, while significantly reducing capital and operating costs.
About Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Founded in 2012, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP) today is the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind. The funds managed by CIP focus on investments in offshore and onshore wind, PV solar, biomass and energy-from-waste, transmission and distribution, reserve capacity and storage, and Power-to-X.
CIP manages ten funds and has to date raised approximately EUR 19bn for investments in energy and associated infrastructure from more than 140 international institutional investors. CIP will accelerate its role in the global energy transition and aims to have EUR 100bn under management in green energy investments in 2030. CIP has approximately 400 employees and 11 offices around the world.
About Sustainable Fuels Group
Sustainable Fuels Group is a private development company formed with highly experienced industry professionals that have the capability of developing projects from greenfield into operations. The unique skill set of each professional guides the collective capability of executing large scale projects of this calibre.
Founded in 1940, Topsoe is a leading global developer and supplier of decarbonization technology, catalysts, and services for the energy transition.
Our mission is to combat climate change by helping our partners and customers achieve their decarbonization and emission-reduction targets, including those in hard-to-abate sectors such as aviation, shipping, and the production of raw materials. From carbon reduction chemicals, to renewable fuels and plastic upcycling, we are uniquely positioned to aid humanity in realizing a sustainable future.
Topsoe is headquartered in Denmark, with over 2,100 employees serving customers all around the globe. To learn more, visit www.topsoe.com
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