CRI CO2-to-methanol plant erected in Germany

Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and other members of the MefCO2 research consortium have now delivered their key systems to Niederaussem, Germany, for installation. The project, which is partially funded under the EU Horizon 2020 SPIRE Research Programme, applies CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL) technology to production of methanol from CO2 emissions captured from a thermal power plant and hydrogen produced by electrolysis. The project will demonstrate the capability of the ETL system to operate with fluctuating supply of electricity from wind and solar sources and heterogeneous CO2 sources.


CRI’s ETL system, comprised of a gas compressor, reactor and storage system, was delivered to the MefCO2 site at RWE’s Niederaussem power plant in late October. The equipment is currently being integrated with other subsystems. After commissioning, which is expected to be completed in January 2019, the system will be able to produce 1 ton of methanol per day.


CRI’s ETL equipment in Niederaussem is comprised of two portable modules, which will be transported off-site upon completion of the MefCO2 project in 2019. The next deployment of the ETL system will be at a steel mill in the north of Sweden, where the versatility of the ETL technology will again be on display, as CO2 and H2 will be derived from blast-oven furnace gases.

  CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids process modules after erection at the MefCO2 project site in Niederaußem, Germany, where methanol will be synthesized from waste CO2 emissions with hydrogen produced by electrolysis

CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids process modules after erection at the MefCO2 project site in Niederaußem, Germany, where methanol will be synthesized from waste CO2 emissions with hydrogen produced by electrolysis