Converting pollution into renewable methanol and sulfuric acid

• Proposal for production of methanol and sulfuric acid at Hellisheidi
• Hydrogen sulfide pollution would be midigated

Carbon Recycling International (CRI) has presented Reykjavik Energy (Orkuveita Reykjavikur) with a proposal for plants to produce revenue from carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide emissions from the Hellisheidi power plant. The estimated export revenue for the production materials, methanol and sulfuric acid, would be about four billion ISK per year and investment in the production plant about 6-7 IS per year. The company operates a methanol plant at Svartsengi and the same technology would be used for production at Hellisheidi. The method for sulfuric acid production is based on technology already in use internationally.

Export from Thorlakshofn harbor
The plants would require about 45 MW of power and are expected to create 40 permanent jobs, including positions for technically trained personnel. The products would be shipped from Thorlakshofn harbor using a depot which would be constructed there.

The CRI leadership has several other irons in the fire, as it is also planning to build a ten times larger methanol plant in Reykjanes than the plant already in operation. The expansion is also estimated to cost 6-7 billion ISK.

The combined output from the two methanol plants in Reykjanes and at Hellisheidi would be about 80 – 90 million liters of methanol per year but to compare 200 million liters of gasoline per year.

With this production hydrogen sulfide pollution from the Hellisheidi power plant would be history.