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Developing sustainable, secure and economic energy for the future is vital and harnessing the power of nature will be crucial to meeting global energy needs. Technip, as a key contributor to global energy solutions is developing its renewable energy strategy and capability in the following areas:
Technip is determined to develop its knowledge and expertise in new generation biofuels.
In this field, backed by 25 years of experience, Technip has been chosen by Neste Oil to engineer and construct two plants intended to mark a major milestone in the Finnish company’s strategy to become the leader in the Renewable Diesel market.
The two plants, based on a proprietary type of process that can use any vegetable oil or animal fat as feedstock, have a capacity of 800,000 tons/year each, which makes them the world’s largest biofuels production plants.
The first facility, located in Singapore, started production in the last quarter of 2010; the second, located in Rotterdam, is scheduled to begin production during the summer of 2011. At full capacity, these two facilities will produce a fuel allowing a 40-60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels, with an overall reduction of 2.5-3 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.
For the bioethanol market, Technip technology enables the processing of any raw materials that may be used for the production of fermentation ethanol (sugar, starchy and cellulosic materials). Our processes have been developed to obtain a high yield with low energy consumption at a minimized cost. Technip has engineered over a hundred references in ethanol production plants.
In the biodiesel market, Technip has designed and built numerous production units based on Axens’ unique solid catalyst technology with capacities ranging from 100,000 to 250,000 tons/year.
New generation biofuels
Unlike traditional biofuels which are produced from edible feedstocks, new generation biofuels are produced from lignocellulosic materials (straw, wood waste, dedicated crops like miscanthus or switchgrass).
The advantage of using these abundant and diverse materials is that none are used for human food and they have a low CO2 foot print.
Process stages in producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass involve a pre-treatment step (sugar extraction), biological conversion (fermentation) and product recovery (typically via distillation, dehydration).
Another route is the called Biomass to liquid or BTL which is a multi-step process to produce liquid biofuels from biomass. Main technological steps are gasification, syngas cleaning and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.
Technip applies its experience and know-how in flash pyrolysis , syngas treatment, fisher tropsch reactor and other high temperature technologies to next generation biofuels projects from feasibility studies through to project execution.
Biomass to energy
In 2010 Technip entered into an agreement with Alter NRG to market is Westinghouse plasma technology. This plasma gasification technology enables the production of renewable energy from waste and biomass.
To learn more about the the Technip – Alter NRG agreement click here.
Photovoltaic energy is one of the most dynamic renewable energy markets. Technip is positioned upstream in the photovoltaic value chain with expertise and experience in solar grade polysilicon purification plants through to solar panel manufacturing plants.
For solar grade silicon production plants, Technip owns process skills for hydrochloration and chloration processes. Technip’s project scope can begin from the process book delivered by the licensor through to the plant start up and can include the following services:
Technip can adapt its capacities to work either alone or in a consortium with technology and/or equipment suppliers according to the client’s request.
For wafers, cells and modules plants, Technip can be associated with production line manufacturers in order to provide the customer with a full design and supply package for their plant. Technip can also act on behalf of the customer to design the plant, integrate technical data from the line manufacturer and provide project management services.
For this type of plant, Technip can provide overall plant design including production equipment integration and layout as well as industrial organization optimization, flows management, equipment arrangements, in production buffer calculation and optimization.
The Offshore Renewable Energy sector, which will play a vital role in meeting European targets, is an area in which Technip is becoming increasingly active. Recent company activity includes the installation of the world’s first full scale offshore floating wind turbine, ‘Hywind’ for Statoil, building and installing in Finland the world first gravity based ice resistant foundation, supporting tidal power generation trial operations at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney and acquiring Subocean (wind offshore cable installation company).
With complementary capabilities and assets, Technip intends to become a major player in this sector and to achieve its ambitions via developments in the UK, France and Germany.
The Technip Offshore Wind first project will be the European Offshore Wind Development Centre (EOWDC) located in Aberdeen. For this project, Technip is working in partnership with Vattenfall and AREG (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group), which proposes the installation of up to eleven (11) new generation offshore wind turbines. This project will help to develop the technology needed to meet the challenging target assigned by the UK authorities. Technip also has ambitions to develop its activities in France, where it is actually participating in the on-going offshore wind tender.
In term of R&D, in France, Technip is leading the VERTIWIND project, which has just been awarded funding by the French government.
In response to concerns about global warming, there is a growing need for technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is one solution that is particularly relevant to the oil and gas industry.
To date Technip has built more than 50 installations for the removal of carbon dioxide and sulphur components from natural gases. This experience makes Technip particularly well-positioned to successfully execute all types of CCS projects.
Another option for CO2 capture is via the so-called pre-combustion route. As a world leader in EPC hydrogen plant projects, Technip is well-positioned to implement this type of solution.
Drawing upon its recognized experience in processes for syngas generation, Technip is also active in the implementation of oxyfuel technology.
In testimony to our commitment to making an active contribution to the emergence of new technologies to meet the challenges of sustainable development, Technip signed a non-exclusive agreement with Geogreen, an international services company specialized in CO2 transport and storage in 2008. Through this agreement the two companies are able to offer clients studies for integrated solutions for the entire carbon (CO2) capture, transport and storage chain that combine Technip’s know- how in CO2 capture, transport and gas compression for injection into underground structures with Geogreen’s expertise in CO2 transport and geological storage.
In October 2009, Technip entered into a partnership with Icelandic engineering and consulting firm Mannvit to develop major geothermal projects in the United States, Latin America and Asia Pacific. This partnership offers geothermal project developers and their financiers with a single point source of responsibility for consulting, studies, financial engineering, project management, risk management, exploration and production drilling engineering services, as well as engineering, design, procurement, construction management and power plant start-up services.
To learn more about the Technip/Mannvit partnership click here.
In May 2011, Technip and Oski Energy executed a license purchase agreement with Kalex to jointly license and market Kalex Geothermal Systems Technology worldwide. This advanced power plant technology is a unique ammonia-water binary cycle process that can generate between 15 - 30% more electric power (net) than traditional binary systems over a wide range of geothermal resource temperatures. Kalex technology encompasses innovative patents owned by Dr. Alexander Kalina and is particularly suited to geothermal applications with brine temperatures below 250 deg. F, where conventional binary systems are generally not considered economically viable.