The power of net zero
Future fuels are ready to be used by the energy industry to achieve climate targets. At MAN Energy Solutions, we make machines that run on future fuels, such as green hydrogen and its derivatives like synthetic natural gas (SNG), green ammonia, and green methanol. We also provide the means of producing the net-zero fuels themselves. We are ready to help you decarbonize – now.
Future fuels for power generation - survey report 2022
Some time ago, we asked you about the relevance of future fuels for your business, and the opportunities and challenges you saw ahead for future-fuel production. From the numerous replies, we have extracted the most relevant results and are happy to share them.
Power-to-X – at the crossroads of net zero
Future fuels are necessary in order to decarbonize sectors that are difficult or impossible to electrify. Power-to-X processes enable renewable energy sources to be converted into green fuels such as SNG, methanol or hydrogen, thereby making them dispatchable.
MAN Energy Solutions has considerable expertise in the manufacture of reactor systems for the production of synthetic fuels, as well as numerous references in methanol synthesis. In the first process step, electrolyzers use renewable energy to split water molecules into their basic components of oxygen and hydrogen. The resulting green hydrogen is then either used directly as fuel or further processed, becoming the basis for many other future fuel types.
LNG as the first step to clean fuels
Natural gas is the cleanest of all fossil fuels, and is already able to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 50 % compared to coal. It is a key component in our transition to a carbon-free future. When renewables are being integrated into a grid, the flexibility of liquefied natural gas can mitigate demand fluctuations
Investing in a small-scale LNG-to-power plant represents the first step on the path to decarbonization. At the same time, this investment builds a bridge from natural gas to hydrogen-based fuels.Discover LNG
SNG and biogas are fueling the transition
Often regarded as bridging fuels, synthetic natural gas and biogas have the same low NOx, SOx, and particulate matter emissions as LNG, but they can be carbon-neutral depending on the feedstock and conversion energy source. They can be blended with LNG to gradually reduce carbon emissions until other future fuel technologies become more widely available and more sophisticated.Discover SNG/Biogas
Biofuels as a drop-in solution
Being nearly 100 % carbon-neutral and fully renewable, biofuels are an attractive option for the energy transition. Biofuels are made from predominantly plant-based energy sources, such as food crops grown on arable soil, on the basis of lignocelluloses or derived from microalgae. The advantages of biofuels are that they are easy to transport, store, and handle, and that they can be used as drop-in fuels in existing fuel infrastructure.
Element of decarbonization
Green hydrogen is CO2-neutral. Its role is especially important in the process industry, in transport, and in power generation and heat supply applications where direct electrification is not possible.
Medium-speed engines can currently be operated with up to 25 % hydrogen admixture; models that run on 100 % hydrogen will be available by 2025.Discover hydrogen power
Methanol is biodegradable and economical
Green methanol is produced using only renewable sources, and can reduce carbon emissions by up to 95 %. It is a clean-burning and cost-effective fuel, since it can be used with existing infrastructure.
Paving the way to net zero with ammonia
When produced from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power, burning ammonia releases almost zero carbon and SOx emissions. Methane slip and carbon monoxide pollution are virtually eliminated.
Solutions using ammonia build on established technologies and infrastructure, making the road to sustainability much shorter.
MAN products powering the transition
We regard natural gas as a transition fuel, since it is easy to adapt existing equipment to carbon neutral synthetic natural gas. MAN gas engines already use SNG, and some models are hydrogen-ready.
With over 60 years of experience, we are one of the leading manufacturers of tailor-made chemical reactors for the conversion of renewables into future fuels. Our water-, gas-, and oil-cooled tubular reactors are key components in power-to-X processes.
Life-cycle concept enables gradual transition for engines
MAN Energy Solutions traditionally takes a life-cycle approach to product design, which also applies to future fuels.
When it comes to engines, we are always thinking of how to improve the existing engine fleet with retrofits. MAN gas engines already in operation can be retrofitted for hydrogen admixture by upgrading the automation and adding additional ACC (Adaptive Combustion Control) sensors.
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