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FlagshipONE: Pioneering commercial e-methanol production for green shipping

5. May 2024

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In efforts to electrify energy systems and reduce carbon emissions, some industries face significant challenges transitioning to green alternatives. The shipping industry is one of these, challenged by the need for unfeasibly large batteries for electrification. Globally, the maritime industry contributes 3 percent to greenhouse gas emissions, making reductions difficult while maintaining the efficiency and reliability of global trade routes. Consequently, solutions for decarbonising maritime operations through green fuels are in high demand to achieve carbon neutrality and lessen environmental impacts. 


Ørsted is projected to lead the way in the commercial production of carbon-neutral e-methanol in Europe through its FlagshipONE project. E- methanol is emerging as one of the most promising alternatives to fossil fuels in the shipping industry, as it can easily be integrated into existing energy systems and infrastructure. It is a Power-to-X process in which green hydrogen is synthesised with biogenic carbon dioxide.  

FlagshipONE exemplifies holistic project thinking, optimising the resources from its surrounding area. The project is situated in Örnsköldsvik, a coastal town in northern Sweden known for its advanced forestry industry and access to renewable energy resources. This location facilitates the on-site production of the necessary hydrogen using 70 MW of renewable onshore power for the electrolysis process in its four proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers. Carbon dioxide is obtained from the adjacent sustainable biomass-fired combined heat and power plant, Hörneborgsverket, which also supplies steam and water for the process. Surplus heat is then channelled back into Örnsköldsvik’s local district heating network. 

Additionally, the plant utilizes cutting-edge automation and digitalisation solutions for efficient electricity use. To achieve the best outcomes, Ørsted has partnered with green technology leaders like Siemens Energy, Carbon Clean, and Topsoe for electrolysis, carbon capture, and control systems, respectively. Topsoe’s ModuLite plants, for instance, provide the project with a solution for decarbonising production at a scalable volume through standardized setup processes.


FlagshipONE is expected to be operational by 2025, producing approximately 55,000 tons of e-methanol yearly – enough to fuel one large container vessel. This initiative not only contributes to reducing CO2 emissions but also fosters regional energy independence and supports the green transition in hard-to-electrify sectors. By providing a sustainable fuel alternative, the project creates value for the maritime industry, encouraging the shift away from fossil fuels and setting a precedent for global environmental stewardship. Furthermore, it can serve as a scalable and replicable blueprint for green fuel production worldwide.