MethQuest – Methane-based fuels for transport and energy supply

The lead project MethQuest funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with 19 million Euro has started.

> 27 partners from research, industry and the energy sector will develop solutions for the use of methane-based fuels in transport and energy supply

> Six joint projects - from methane production to new engine concepts for ships, combined heat and power plants and passenger cars to sector coupling through micro grid solutions for inland and seaports as well as system analytical evaluation

> Objective: environmentally friendly, affordable and practicable solutions for a successful energy system transformation

The lead project MethQuest aims to develop and investigate technologies that can be used to extract methane-based fuels from renewable sources, use them in mobile and stationary applications, and quickly introduce them to the market. While gas is widely used, especially in heat supply, its potential in passenger, freight and shipping traffic has hardly been exploited so far. An important aspect of MethQuest is the cross-sector investigation approach applied in each joint project.
In the joint project MethFuel, novel process engineering concepts for hydrogen and carbon dioxide supply for catalytic methanation will be investigated. The Chair of the Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) and the European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER) will investigate in their jointly operated laboratory ENERMAT (MATerials for ENERgy) how the individual components of the power-to-gas plants, which are fed with electricity from renewable energy sources, can cope with a strongly fluctuating power supply. The main task is to use solid electrolytic cells optimally for the high dynamic requirements of power-to-gas applications.
MethFuel, coordinated by AREVA H2Gen GmbH, aims at developing novel process engineering concepts for H2 and CO2 supply for catalytic methanation, which have clear advantages compared to the state of the art in terms of load-flexible operation, equipment implementation and energy efficiency. EIfER leads the work package for optimized SOEC electrolysis. The focus here is on testing SOEC cells to determine optimized operating conditions and simulating innovative power-to-gas concepts with optimized SOEC for the production of renewable methane. This will lead to a significant increase in the efficiency from electricity to methane and will highlight the potential of SOEC technology in the production of methane-based fuels. The results will be used by the partners for the technical and economic evaluation of the SOEC technology in various process chains for methane production.

Contact: Régis Anghilante, Julian Dailly

MethQuest project partners:
AREVA H2Gen GmbH, Continental Automotive GmbH, DBI – Gastechnologisches Institut gGmbH Freiberg, DVGW-Forschungsstelle am Engler-Bunte-Institut des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT), Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie (ITCP) des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT), Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI) des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER), Erdgas Südwest GmbH, Energy Systems Analysis Associates - ESA2 GmbH, FORD-Werke GmbH, Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik, iGas energy GmbH, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung, Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung, Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG, Institut für Luft- und Kältetechnik gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mbH, keep it green GmbH, Kelvion Machine Cooling Systems GmbH, L’Orange GmbH, MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH/Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Open Grid Europe GmbH, RWTH Aachen University, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe GmbH, terranets bw GmbH, Technische Universität Berlin und Technische Universität München.