October 20, 2023 [Hydrocarbon Engineering]- Johnson Matthey (JM) and BP have announced that EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft mbH (EDL) has selected their co-developed Fischer Tropsch (FT) CANS™ technology for EDL’s HyKero plant located in Böhlen-Lippendorf, south of Leipzig, Germany.
The HyKero plant is planned to produce 50 000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) when fully operational, including eSAF from a power-to-liquids (PtL) route, and would be the first plant of its kind at commercial scale in Germany. The PtL route is the conversion of renewable electricity and carbon dioxide (CO2) into sustainable liquid fuels. Current international certification for this SAF requires a blend of up to 50% with fossil kerosene to create drop-in SAF.
When fully operational, the HyKero plant is also planned to produce 14 000 tpy of sustainable naphtha, and approximately 1000 tpy of electrolytic (green) hydrogen per year.
Strategically located to serve Leipzig-Halle international airport, this first phase of the plant is planned to be online by 2027. Project realisation and plant operations will be under the responsibility of EDL’s subsidiary, XFuels HyKero GmbH. EDL anticipates a potential future phase could add 75 000 tpy of eSAF.
Alberto Giovanzana, Managing Director, CT Licensing at Johnson Matthey, said: “At JM we are committed to helping our customers decarbonise. We are therefore very excited that EDL has chosen our FT CANS technology, developed in collaboration with BP, to supply airlines with SAF that can be used in their existing fleets. Projects like this are very important to increase the production of SAF as the industry works to achieve its net zero ambitions.”
Noemie Turner, VP Technology Development and Commercialisation at BP, said: “We are delighted that EDL has joined a growing number of businesses choosing our innovative FT CANS technology, developed through world-class research and development in partnership with JM, to enable commercial scale production of SAFs at EDL’s HyKero plant.”
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