Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) consist of not just CO2 but also methane; each methane molecule is equivalent to 30 CO2 molecules in terms of Global Warming Potential. Emvolon’s technology eliminates methane emissions by converting them into high energy-density green fuels, displacing fossil-derived fuels such as diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel. The net effect of using the newly-produced green fuels results in GHG reduction, making Emvolon’s technology carbon negative.
Methanol stands out as an exceptionally versatile chemical resource and energy carrier due to its capacity for production from a wide range of raw materials.
It can be easily synthesized from any substance that can be transformed into synthesis gas including many different biogenic carbon sources that would otherwise create GHG emissions like agricultural, municipal and industrial waste . It can degrade naturally. Its long history of secure production, utilization, and management over the past solidifies methanol as a sustainable and enduring choice. As one of the most widely transported chemical commodities globally and a top-five internationally traded chemical, methanol has consistently demonstrated safe storage, transportation, and handling practices for over a century. Methanol has emerged as the most promising near to mid term alternative fuel to decarbonize marine transportation with more than 20 ships already in operation and more than 100 on order in 2023 due to important competitive advantages :
Making methanol from biogenic carbon sources is also one of the most promising pathways to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that has already been ASTM certified.
Ammonia (NH3) is among the largest-volume chemicals produced and distributed in the world and is mainly known for its use as a fertilizer in the agricultural sector.
Ammonia has attracted interest because of the possibility of working as a hydrogen carrier and a carbon-free fuel. It can be defined as a hydrogen carrier due to its remarkably high hydrogen density. The production of green ammonia could offer further options in the transition to net-zero carbon dioxide emissions. These include:
Emvolon’s platform technology leverages economies of mass production to replace economies of scale. Our proprietary technologies modify mass-produced internal combustion engines to work as compressors, chemical reactors, and expanders. We have developed IP to intelligently use an engine to create the necessary pressure/temperature conditions for the chemical process and extract work from excess heat, therefore replacing external heaters, compressors, reactors, coolers, expanders, piping, valves, which are all custom-made for each conventional plant. This enables capex cost reductions compared to custom process equipment that is based on one off designs and requires huge economies of scale to reduce costs. Emvolon is producing a portable and modular system that can be built offsite at low cost, and brought as a trailer to the wasted/low cost feedstock source. This further reduces capex compared to a fixed installation plant that required a lot of on-site remote work, civil engineering work that would need to be amortized with economies of scale which are non-existent. Additionally, the ability to use a wasted, ultra low cost valuable resource close to the source enables additional OPEX reductions, further enhancing the lucrative economics of the system.
Emvolon’s technology is modular and can be rightsized to resources ranging from 1MW to 100MW. The feedstocks include landfill gas, animal manure, water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), food waste, agricultural residues, forestry and forest product residues, energy crops, the use of renewable electricity, and the non-biogenic fraction of municipal solid waste (MSW). In the high resource potential scenario, we estimate that we can produce more than 3,780 tBtu of green fuel annually.