Green methanol production at container scale

Research association E4MeWi develops sustainable and scalable process for methanol production

Scheme of a sustainable economy with sustainable methanol as interface. Linking waste materials and renewable energies. © CreativeQuantum GmbH

Methanol is produced with more than 100 million tons per year from fossil natural gas. With regard to the Paris Agreement, the CO2 emissions caused by the methanol production are unacceptable. The E4MeWi research project addresses this issue under the direction of CreativeQuantum: Over the next three years, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and engineers will develop a container-sized chemical plant that produces methanol from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energies in a highly efficient way. This will enable small and medium-sized companies as well as regional suppliers to produce methanol in a decentralized and environmentally friendly manner within a few years.

Modular containers for decentralized production of green methanol Flexible adjustment of production capacities © CreativeQuantum GmbH

The research association E4MeWi consists of the startups CreativeQuantum and INERATEC, as well as the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Chemical Park Bitterfeld-Wolfen. The project has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy with a total of 2.0 million euros since November 1, 2020 and for three years.


Grüne Methanolproduktion im Container-Format



E4MeWi is the German acronym of „Energy-Efficient Renewable Energies based Methanol Economy“. The planned container-sized chemical plant shall demonstrate that methanol can be produced from sustainable sources by orders of magnitude faster and more energy-efficiently than before. A further goal of the consortium is to design the technology in such a way that methanol can be produced at competitive prices in places where cheap electricity meets local CO2 emissions. Thus, the vision of the E4MeWi partners could combine wind power and waste incineration plants or solar energy and biogas plants for a new added value. This could result in a sustainable raw material source for the chemical industry. The mobility sector is another target market for green methanol, which can be used as a fuel additive or for fuel cells.

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Dr. Alexander Janz
Tel.: +49 (0)30 9599 911 88

Dr. Ralf Jackstell
Tel.: +49 (0)381 1281 128

Isabel Fisch
Tel.: +49 (0)721 8648 4460

Prof. Ulf-Peter Apfel
Tel.: +49 (0)234 3221 831

Chemiepark-Bitterfeld Wolfen
Max Fuhr
Tel.: +49 (0)3493 720 18


CreativeQuantum, INERATEC, Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse, Ruhr-University Bochum und Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen, joint press release, 2020-11-24.


Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWI)
Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen GmbH
INERATEC - Innovative Reactor Technology
Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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