WMC 2024 – Day 2

22-24 October 2024 | Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Copenhagen, Denmark

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WMC 2024 – Day 2

Thursday, 24 October
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Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Session 5: New World – Renewable Methanol

We will assess the development of renewable methanol and put this in the context of the global methanol market. We will cover the legislative landscape, how e-methanol projects can receive third party financial backing, and examine renewable methanol economics and pricing. The session will seek to answer the following questions:

  • The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow. How and where can e-methanol projects succeed?
  • Is renewable methanol the “Holy Grail” compared with blue or bio-methanol?
  • How can relatively small e-methanol units compete with world-scale grey methanol plants?
  • Will we see separate prices for grey and e-methanol?

How Can Regulation Help to Roll Out the Production of Renewable Methanol?
Ralf Diemer, Chief Executive Officer, E-Fuel Alliance
This presentation will cover the current state of regulation in the EU and delve into recent global developments. We will then explore why a proper regulatory framework is important and take a look at the “Do’s and Don’ts” of designing regulations to boost investments.

Green transition, Green methanol and Finland
Juha Peltomäki, Head of Industry – Bio & Circular Economy, Business Finland
Huge projected investments in wind power will turn the Finnish electricity grid 100% fossil free by 2030. The availability of biogenic carbon from the forest industry together with abundant fossil-free green electricity makes Finland an ideal place for green methanol manufacturing.

Make new connections or join familiar faces during this dedicated break. Sessions to resume at 1045.

Session 6: New World – Technology & New Uses for Methanol

Technology drivers for low-carbon methanol projects will be very different from the drivers of world-scale grey methanol projects. This session will consider the role of flexible, skid-mounted solutions; the evolution of a new breed of methanol catalysts; and the critical importance of green electricity and increasingly large electrolysers. Session 6 will pose the following critical questions …. and provide the answers you need:

  • Will the size of electrolysers increase in time to support large-scale low-carbon methanol development?
  • Will there be enough supply of electrolyzers to meet potential demand?
  • Is it feasible for methanol units to have an intermittent source of electricity?
  • Which is the better investment for future production: biomethanol or e-methanol?

Ways to Balance an E Methanol Plant Under Volatile Feed
Christian Schweitzer, Managing Director, bse Methanol GmbH
The challenge of E-Methanol plants is the flexible power supply from Off Grid installation as well as on the power market. The volatility creates a new understanding of efficiency comparing to the standard chemical. Efficiency today is the optimal use of power by minimizing the investments of storage capacities as well as minimizing the power consumption in the plant. The most suitable renewable power generation is in offsite areas were the projects are faced with a gap of infrastructure and labour like in the MENA states. The flex Methanol can be seen as a physical asset which can handle the short term power supply in a Methanol plant in an efficient way. The presentation will show the methods how to balance an E Methanol plant under these aspects at minimized cost and the highest availability of the plant.

Efficient Green Methanol Production with g-Methanol🄬 Under Renewable Energy Fluctuations
Satoru Hirose and Keigo Sasaki, Toyo Engineering Corporation (Japan)
In this presentation, we cover the upscaling of electrolysers from single stack eletrolysers to multiple stack electrolysers and we demonstrate how pressurized alkaline electrolysers are suitable for green e-methanol production as an efficient, flexible, and reliable production technology for green hydrogen.

Scaling Electrolysers for Large-Scale Methanol Production
Troels Krag Boysen, Senior Manager – Sales, Green Hydrogen Systems
In this presentation, we cover the upscaling of electrolysers from single stack eletrolysers to multiple stack electrolysers and we demonstrate how pressurized alkaline electrolysers are suitable for green e-methanol production as an efficient, flexible, and reliable production technology for green hydrogen.

Session 7: New World – Sustainable Methanol Projects

Session 7 will focus on the expanding role of low-carbon methanol projects and analyze new feedstocks, key participants, unique site configurations, and potential off-takers. The experts will provide guidance and feedback on key issues such as:

  • Is West Europe’s sustainability agenda driving the development of low-carbon methanol capacity?
  • Will all low-carbon methanol end up in the fuels sector?
  • Is it realistic to expect a low-carbon methanol price premium?

e-Methanol Projects: Changing the World to Become Cleaner – Together
Kati Levoranta, Partner and COO, P2X Solutions
This presentations will look at how an e-methanol project developer sees the green methanol market. Will there be enough supply to cover the regulation-driven demand? We will also provide an overview of the P2X project portfolio.

Make new connections or join familiar faces during this dedicated break. Sessions to resume at 1520.

Session 8: New World – Marine Fuel

The final session of WMC2024 highlights the outlook for methanol as a marine fuel relative to other green and grey fuel solutions, looks at the potential evolution of the legislative landscape in the shipping industry, and the pros/cons of methanol and other marine fuel solutions. End your experience with answers from industry leaders on critical subject matter, such as:”

  • Is methanol just a stepping stone in the shipping industry’s move towards ammonia as a carbon-free marine fuel?
  • Will there be enough low-carbon methanol to satisfy marine demand?
  • Will shipowners be prepared to accept a portion of grey methanol?
  • To what extent is the choice of fuel being driven by IMO legislation?
  • Can the shipping industry afford to pay the price of low-carbon methanol?

Defossilization of High-Power Applications – Focus Methanol
Simon Hettig, Technology Manager, Alternative Fuels, Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH
There is a pressing need for lower-carbon fuels for high-performance applications, especially in the shipping industry. We will explore the advantages of methanol as a new-generation fuel for the shipping industry, and provide an update on Rolls-Royce’s methanol-related activities.


Session Speakers

Troels Krag Boysen Senior Manager for Sales and Business Development Green Hydrogen Systems

Troels Boysen is Senior Manager for Sales and Business Development in Green Hydrogen Systems, a leading provider of standardised and modular electrolysis equipment for the production of green hydrogen solely based on renewable energy. He is responsible for the X-series product line which is a highly efficient and versatile product ideal for multi-MW or GW scale applications. In his role, Troels works closely together with clients across Europe, MENA, Americas and APAC regions to optimize electrolyser applications on a project portfolio of +5 GW. Troels holds an MSc in economics and prior to joining Green Hydrogen Systems, Troels worked +10 years at the Danish green energy major Ørsted. He holds extensive experience within green power, hydrogen economics and PtX.

Ralf Diemer Chief Executive Officer eFuel Alliance e.V

Ralf Diemer is the CEO of the eFuel Alliance e.V. based in Berlin and Brussels. During his law degree in Tuebingen, he worked in the Baden-Wuerttemberg state parliament and in the European Parliament. He then started his professional career in Berlin as an office manager in the German parliament. After moving to the German Association of the Automotive Industry, he headed the Brussels branch there for ten years and then the department for Economic, Trade and Climate Protection Policy in Berlin. He was involved in numerous legislative processes on a national and European level, with a focus on climate, environmental and trade policy. Political interest and involvement in politics have always been of central importance to him. Ralf Diemer is Director at the consulting company von Beust & Coll. Beratungsgesellschaft.

Simon Hettig Technology Manager - Alternative Fuels Rolls-Royce Power Systems

Simon is Technology Manager – Alternative Fuels at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. With a keen interest in sustainable energy solutions, Simon has become an expert in various aspects of the alternative fuels industry. In his current role, Simon oversees the entire value chain for fuel production, with a specific focus on cutting-edge technologies within the PtX (Power-to-X) ecosystem such as electrolysis or carbon capture. He plays a pivotal role in shaping Rolls-Royce Power Systems' strategy and driving innovation in the field of alternative fuels. Simon has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – International Business from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) and a Master of Science in Energy Management from University of Koblenz - Landau.

Kati Levoranta Partner and Chief Operating Officer P2X Solutions

Kati has more than 25 years of managerial and legal experience from privately owned and publicly listed companies. Before starting in P2X, she worked as a CEO in Rovio Entertainment Oyj for five years. In addition to her managerial experience, Kati brings to P2X her broad digital, brand and governance skills.

Mike Nash Vice President, Global Syngas Team Lead | Americas Acetyls Lead Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Mr. Mike Nash is the Vice President for Syngas Chemicals (including the methanol and acetyls practices) at Chemical Market Analytics. He works with a global team of regional consultants and overlays their analyses with a global perspective. His responsibilities include the weekly World Methanol Report and monthly World Methanol Analysis, including the weekly and monthly Global Acetyls Market Reports and the related World Analyses for Methanol, Acetyls, and Formaldehyde. Before joining the IHS Markit base chemicals business (now known as Chemical Market Analytics) in September 2012, Mr. Nash worked for BP's petrochemicals division for 19 years preceding a two-year stint in Total's UK fuels business. He performed various commercial roles within BP, in international business management, marketing, project management, and logistics, based in London, Duesseldorf, and Kuala Lumpur. His last role in the Total UK was the Logistics Director for Specialties. Mr. Nash holds a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Edinburgh University, UK, and a Master of Business Administration from Kingston University, UK.

Keigo Sasaki Technical Expert Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO)

Keigo Sasaki, at Toyo Engineering Corporation (TOYO), has a diverse background in process design and control system engineering across Oil & Gas, Urea, and Ethylene fields. As a cloud-based system expert, he is at the forefront of developing cloud solution services for plant owners. This includes DX-PLANT®, a cloud service offered by TOYO. His unique approach has led to the launch of several proprietary applications aimed at enhancing the efficiency of process plant operations. These include ADVIDA® and RL-Tracker®, which are testament to his commitment to plant operational efficiency. Currently, he is contributing to the development of TOYO’s digital solution for efficient green methanol production with g-Methanol🄬 process under renewable energy fluctuations.

Christian Schweitzer Managing Director BSE Group

Christian Schweitzer, born July 1964 in Aachen, Germany successfully completed his engineering degree at the Fachhochschule Aachen. In addition he obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration at the SGMI St.Gallen. Since 1995, he is acting managing director of the bse brand in the industrial plant construction. Throughout various ethanol related projects, thermo-chemical and anaerobic gasification were successfully implemented, ultimately building Europe´s largest bioethanol plant at the time of its establishment. In 2008 early experiences in factory planning of bio-methanol production were gained as part of the active business area. Seeking the potential of e-fuels® by conversion of Carbon Dioxide in 2014 process development and catalyst research in the field of electrical-based methanol production started, which was to lead to BSE’s FlexMethanol® Process. Christian Schweitzer is founder and managing director of the bse group and it’s bse Methanol which supplies proprietary process, catalysts and pre-fabricated technical process skids to its clients of the Power-to-Methanol Industry.

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