Case: Innovation Fund Denmark
Find a way to liquefy natural gas using less energy
– that was the mission when Innovation Fund Denmark awarded its research grant in 2016 to our division for liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and the Danish Technical University (DTU).
The customer’s challenge
The customer wanted us to develop technology that can reduce the energy consumption involved in the liquefaction of natural gas.
We carefully designed a liquefaction solution with just the right balance of refrigerants.
Our new approach to liquefaction reduced the energy consumption by up to 40%, costs little to build, saves space and scales with capacity requirements.
The project was part of the larger Blue INNOship project that focuses on the development of green and energy-efficient solutions for the Danish maritime sector. Our technical experts teamed up with researchers from DTU Mechanical Engineering to develop new, more efficient methods for the cooling of natural gas.
A fruitful collaboration
In order to turn natural gas into a liquid, it has to be cooled to approx. minus 162°C (minus 260°F) which can take considerable energy. Through a meticulous design process, with extensive calculations and testing, we managed to produce a solution that can liquefy natural gas using 40% less power than the European target.
The solution has many added bonuses: it can be built locally, takes up significantly less space than normal, is cheap to build and operate and has a modular design that scales with production demands.