We develop global solutions and business models on energy, climate and development issues. Our goal is a climate-neutral energy system – with the following elements: green electricity, green hydrogen, biological as well as technical CO2 recycling, climate-neutral energy sources and fuels – including methanol. During production, CO2 is used materially and thus becomes an interesting economic asset. Together with industrial and scientific partners, we are developing technical, entrepreneurial and administrative foundations for significant investments in this field of the future. Investments that pay off.
Interview Helmut Leibinger
The first carbon capture plant in a German cement plant is in operation, in the Bavarian town of Rohrdorf near Rosenheim. Using the captured CO2, a product for the chemical industry is created, namely formic acid. With the pilot plant, the operator wants to open up a way to use CO2 as a valuable material, for example for the food industry. As if that were not enough, Rohrdorfer Zement plans to reach climate-neutrality sometime between 2035 and 2040. This also…
News in brief March 2023
At this point, some news of the last few weeks will be addressed which, from GES’ point of view, are reason for hope because they contain building blocks of a possible global solution and / or could help to develop a realistic view of the challenges ahead of us. At this point, we pick up…
GES for trucks with e-fuels
Sustainable and renewable fuels should be taken into account in the EU regulations for road transport! Renowned representatives of the European industry plead for this in an open letter to the EU Commission. GES supports the initiative.
The great energy crisis – the new book by Fritz Vahrenholt
In a 20-point programme, the author calls for: pushing the development of carbon capture further, including for natural gas; promoting shale gas on German soil; lifting the European ban on combustion engines and promoting the development of synthetic fuels; and ending subsidies for e-mobility. These points are congruent with the Global Energy Solutions programme. While…
Norway’s billion-dollar CCS business
In the past decades, Norway has earned a lot of money from the extraction and sale of oil and gas – and invested it wisely in the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. For some years now, Norway has been developing new business models. These include the production of low-CO2 hydrogen from natural gas. CO2 is…
News in brief February 2023
At this point, some news of the last few weeks will be addressed which, from GES’ point of view, are reason for hope because they contain building blocks of a possible global solution and / or could help to develop a realistic view of the challenges ahead of us. The Norwegian state-owned company Equinor could…
In 2002, Urs Weidmann founded the Silent-Power AG in Switzerland. He wants to help the methanol industry achieve a breakthrough, develop a CO2-neutral value chain and expand his company into an energy service provider. For Weidmann, methanol, not hydrogen, is the ideal synthetically produced energy carrier. He has been convinced of this for 40 years. The entrepreneur relies on the fundamental findings of George A. Olah, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1994. Now, the hour of practice has come for Weidmann.
We are convinced that the production of carbon neutral fuels opens up unique business opportunities. Our task in the near future will therefore be to investigate various technological paths and identify the best and most cost-effective solutions – as a scientifically and commercially sound basis for investor decisions. In addition, we are keeping an eye on the political and fiscal framework conditions. Not only concerning the energy sector but also for a number of other quite “difficult” industries such as steel or cement.
“Energy, climate and development are key issues of our time and are closely linked in terms of content,” said the former Development Minister Gerd Müller in his endorsement. “I myself and the BMZ have been active in this area for years. International cooperation, e.g. in the field of energy using the world’s large solar deserts, is a key issue. Furthermore, the production of gigantic quantities of green hydrogen and its combination with CO2 to produce synthetic fuels – such as methanol – as a kind of ‘liquid electricity'”.
The association Global Energy Solutions e.V. conducts analyses on current energy, climate and development issues. In a global perspective we develop solutions together with industry partners. The activities of the association are carried out in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ). They are also part of a wide range of hydrogen-related activities in the state of Baden-Württemberg and in the Ulm region.
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Schwenk Zement GmbH & Co. KG
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