Haldor Topsøe, Nel sign MoU for green ammonia and e-methanol partnership

The two companies have entered an agreement to utilize Nel's alkaline and electrolysis technology in conjunction with Haldor Topsøe's ammonia and e-methanol capabilities.

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Haldoe Topsøe and Nel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new collaboration.

The two groups want to utilize their respective technologies in order to offer their customers solutions that use renewable energy to produce ammonia and e-methanol.

"Together, we can offer end-to-end renewable electricity to green ammonia and green methanol solutions based on the most reliable technologies available today. Driven by our vision to be recognized as the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024, we are excited to offer innovative and attractive low-carbon solutions to our customers," writes Haldor Topsøe Chief Commercial Officer Amy Hebert in a statement.

She adds that the deal directly addresses the needs of customers and that there's already massive interest shown from the market.

Explained briefly, the partnership will entail Haldor Topsøe supplying licenses, engineering work, hardware, catalysts and technical support for the company's ammonia and e-methanol technologies as well as technical system integration. On the other side of the deal, Nel will provide its alkaline or PEM electrolysis technology, associated equipment as well as the underlying technical system.

Nel Chief Executive Jon André Løkke says he's excited to join forces with Haldor Topsøe.

"We see great potential in adding the possibility of converting hydrogen into e-methanol and green ammonia, which are both widely regarded as important future fuels with low carbon content," Løkke says.

Haldor Topsøe is already involved in several projects in connection with green H2, ammonia, methanol and renewable fuels.

Hydrogen plant and ammonia facility 

In late February, Haldor Topsøe revealed plans to build a new factory capable of rolling out electrolysis systems.

"We are in the process of developing and designing a factory to be build next year with commissioning set for 2023," said Topsøe CEO Roeland Baan at the time.

The plant will have a production capacity of 500 MW, will enter operation in 2023 and in due time could be expanded to 5 GW.

One week back, Haldor Topsøe announced an ammonia cooperation with US-based institutional investor and private markets specialist Aquamarine Investment Partners, with the two companies signing an MoU to install a factory with electrolysis capacity of 100 MW.

The factory, planning to use Topsøe's solid oxide electrolyzer (SOEC) technology, is conceived as the first phase of a large-scale project meant to produce green fuels for the shipping industry. The US developer is in the process of applying for licenses for the project whose manifestation is still pending a final investment decision.

"We look forward to our partnership with Aquamarine on our SOEC and ammonia technology," said Topsøe's Amy Hebert at the time.

"Driven by our vision to be recognized as the global leader in carbon [emissions reduction] technologies by 2024, we are excited by our low-carbon solutions and attractiveness for our customers. This project is innovative in both its use of cutting-edge technology and its scale and will lead the way," she added.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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