On the morning of Monday, March 14, 2022, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark accompanied by the Minister of Climate, Mr. Dan Jørgensen, visited three Danish companies, that are involved in developing and implementing technologies that will assist Denmark into the green transition.
The day began with a visit to the green technology developer, Estech. During the visit, Crown Prince Frederik and Mr. Jørgensen were given a tour of the company headquarters and were informed about the development of “…pilot facilities for capturing and storing CO2, also called CCS…” according to a press release.
Thereafter, Crown Prince Frederik and Mr. Jørgensen visited the biogas production company, Nature Energy. Whilst there the Crown Prince and Mr. Jørgensen were given a tour of the company’s laboratory and talked about the work of rolling out a full-scale Power-to-X plant, which will provide significant CO2 reductions by 2030.
The day ended with a visit to the green technology company, Stiesdal, in Spøttrup. During the visit, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik had the honor of inaugurating the SkyClean Plant, a fascinating technology that combines biofuel production and carbon capture and storage. According to a Stiesdal press release:
“…the core of SkyClean is a pyrolysis process in which organic waste from agriculture and forestry is converted into biochar, gas, and oil by heating to a high temperature without the presence of oxygen.
Dry plant material typically contains approximately 50% carbon that the plants have extracted from the atmosphere in the form of CO2. All the carbon in waste from agriculture and forestry thus also comes from the atmosphere. This applies regardless of whether the waste is purely plant-based or whether it is waste from livestock or the food industry.
In the pyrolysis process, half of the carbon in the waste is converted to biochar, while the other half becomes oil and gas. Biochar is a stable material that only decomposes very slowly, and half of the carbon that turns into biochar is effectively removed from the atmosphere.
Half of the carbon that does not turn into biochar comes out of the pyrolysis process as gas and oil. The gas can be used as fuel in the heat supply and an industry, and the oil can be refined into fuel for the transport sector.
The fuel production aspect of SkyClean adds very valuable revenue streams, in the essence funding the carbon capture and storage.”
And, that’s it.
To watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s visits please click the links below:
Photos courtesy of Klimaministeriet Denmark