Sasol to use more green steam from a biomass at German plant


Germany – Sasol Chemicals intends to increase its usage of green steam generated by a first-of-its-kind biomass cogeneration facility close to its Brunsbüttel, Germany facility.

In order to establish the facility by the end of 2024, Hamburger Energiewerke, a municipal utility in Hamburg, will lease property from Sasol Chemicals that is close to its plant. Sasol will be able to cut its CO2 emissions from the plant by about 13,000 metric tons yearly once the facility is fully operational in 2025 and can supply at least 70,000 megawatt hours of steam annually. The facility will also generate more than 90,000 megawatt hours of renewable power each year in addition to green steam.

Large-scale facility

It will be the first large-scale power generation facility to run almost entirely on fermentation wastes that have been well-pressed or dried. The renewable energy sources act in Germany will be used to certify the facilities from which the feedstock will come. Because a large portion of this material is surplus and is currently thrown away, the plant will help the local economy by using it to heat the chemical components of goods used in industrial, personal care, and cleaning applications.

The Brunsbüttel facility has been using green steam from a nearby biomass facility since 2014. Half of the plant’s steam needs can be met by the two units when combined.

The largest Sasol facility in Germany is at Brunsbüttel, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Hamburg and close to the Kiel Canal. It makes a variety of organic and inorganic compounds. The organic products on the website are utilized in a variety of technical and everyday applications, such as detergents and cleaning solutions, cosmetics, and medications. Inorganic chemicals from the company are important ingredients in polymer additives, high-performance abrasives, and catalysts.