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10/7/21

Expansion to 5 gigawatts of annual production capacity: thyssenkrupp represented in all three BMBF hydrogen lead projects

To the press release
10/6/21

Re-using depleted mines for energy storage: thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa wins study and signs an agreement with Pumped Hydro Storage Sweden AB

  • Storage of renewable energy at low cost with high efficiency

  • Pre-feasibility study for a project together with Wismut GmbH

thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa together with Wismut GmbH has been appointed to execute a pre-feasibility for study for a “Renewable Underground Pumped Hydroelectric Energy Storage” (RUPHES) project on a specific site with a South African mining company. thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa is collaborating with international specialist companies to facilitate mine repurposing.  Already last year thyssenkrupp Uhde had signed a cooperation agreement with mining rehabilitation specialist Wismut GmbH in Germany.  The international cooperation was now recently expanded by an agreement with Pumped Hydro Storage Sweden AB. 

With the increase in renewable energy generation there is an increased need for energy storage.  Renewable Underground Pumped Hydroelectric Energy Storage (RUPHES) in repurposed mines – coupled with solar and wind power – can reliably provide green energy when it is needed.  Repurposing of depleted gold mines for RUPHES enables short construction schedules and significantly reduced costs. The main reason: Gold mining has already created the underground water storage reservoirs that commonly are the mostly costly components of pumped hydro plants. They just have to be adapted to their new purpose.

This is exactly what Pumped Hydro Storage Sweden does. It is part of the company Sustainable Energy Solutions and is currently developing a 2 MW / 8 MWh underground pumped energy storage project in an abandoned iron mine in Aland, Finland.  The project has the support of both the European Commission and Swedish Energy Agency, and they are looking to commission the project in December 2023.  This project demonstrates the reduced construction schedules and costs associated with utilizing mine tunnels for pumped energy storage as did a similar project at the Kidston gold mine in Australia.

Well-proven, cost-competitive solution serving a major trend in Africa

As probably the most mature energy storage technology currently available, pumped hydro accounts for 97% of the global storage capacity.  Exceptionally high hydraulic heads and stable hard rock geology render ultra-deep gold mines ideal for implementing the concept, and for producing internationally cost-competitive, reliable green electricity as well as green hydrogen and green ammonia. Just for comparison: In June 2021, a South African gold mining company announced that they are able to produce electricity from solar power at USD 1.1c/kWh.  This pricing is nearly on par with the best international solar pricing USD 1.04c/kWh, achieved in competitive bidding in Saudi Arabia.  The fact that South Africa has world-class solar and wind resources is gaining traction in both government and industry, and the fact that it is cheaper to provide electricity from South African renewables than it is to provide power by importing foreign gas.  

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals. www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com

 About Wismut GmbH:

Wismut GmbH was established in 1991 to remediate uranium-mining sites in southeast Germany left behind by the SDAG Wismut as world’s largest single uranium producer during the cold war. Fully owned by the Federal Government of Germany Wismut GmbH to date has spent close to €7bn on one of the world’s largest and most complex remediation programmes. As a leader in the field with projects across the globe, Wismut increasingly focuses on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mine closure and post-closure development and remediation. For more information visit: www.wismut.de.

 

 

Contact:

thyssenkrupp Uhde
Christian Dill
Communications Manager 
Phone: +49 231 547 3334 
E-mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

 

Wismut GmbH
Frank Wolf
Head of Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0) 371 8120-150
E-mail: info@wismut.de

To the press release
8/9/21

thyssenkrupp supports Emirati company Helios Industry in green hydrogen and green ammonia value chain development

  • thyssenkrupp technology and study know-how for first green hydrogen and green ammonia project in Abu Dhabi

  • Helios to operate the first green ammonia plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

thyssenkrupp has been awarded a contract to perform a technical study for a new green hydrogen and green ammonia project by the Emirati company Helios. A water electrolysis plant as well as a facility for sustainable ammonia production are planned to be constructed at Kizad in Abu Dhabi, UAE, based on thyssenkrupp technology. It will be the first commercial plant to produce CO2-free green ammonia from renewable resources in the UAE.

The planned facility will integrate thyssenkrupp’s green hydrogen and green ammonia technologies with the first phase set to incorporate a multi-megawatt electrolyzer plant and an ammonia production facility with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum with a next step to increase this to 200,000 tonnes per annum.

M. K. Saiyed, Managing Director of Helios: “This project is another important milestone for in the UAE’s shift to a lower carbon renewable energy future. The new facility will produce green ammonia which is an energy carrier that enables easy transportation of renewable energy e.g. via ship. It can also be used as emission-free transport fuel and in the fertiliser and chemical industries.”

Sami Pelkonen, CEO of thyssenkrupp’s Uhde business unit: “We are very excited to work together with Helios to support the UAE on its way into a sustainable future. In doing so, we are building both on our innovative technology solutions as well as on thyssenkrupp’s regional and local footprint and long heritage as a partner to the region.”

Integrated technology solutions for a CO2-free, sustainable future

 In today’s changing electricity landscape, moving towards renewable energy sources, there is a strong need for technologies for energy storage, grid balancing and cross-sector integration – not only for electrical applications but also for transportation, heating, and the chemical industry. As a specialist in chemical plant engineering and construction, thyssenkrupp is able to offer various integrated solutions based on its water electrolysis technology. This includes for example processes for the production of sustainable ammonia, methanol and synthetic natural gas (SNG).

About Helios Industry

Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), plans to invest over AED3.67 billion (USD1 billion) in the construction of the facility over several years, which it aims to develop with local and international partners in two phases and is projected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen. The Helios facility located in Kizad, will be powered by a dedicated 800-megawatt solar power plant within Kizad. The plant will use solar power to electrolyse water and split molecules into Hydrogen and Oxygen. At peak capacity, 40,000 tonnes of the green hydrogen released in this process will be used to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia.

For more information visit: www.heliosindustry.com

Press contacts:

Katharina Immoor
thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers
Communications green hydrogen
Phone: +49 231 547 2863 
Email: katharina.immoor@thyssenkrupp.com

Christian Dill
thyssenkrupp Uhde
Communications green ammonia
Phone: +49 231 547 3334 
Email: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

Adel Hafiz Haloub
Helios Industry
Business development manager
Phone: +971 50 167 9665
Email: adel.hafiz@heliosindustry.com

To the press release
7/15/21

Low-emission urea granulation: thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology and Abu Qir Fertilizers sign contract

  • UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation technology increases capacity

  • Proprietary scrubbing system minimizes emissions and operating cost

thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Uhde, has signed a contract with Abu Qir Fertilizers Co., for the revamp of their Abu Qir 3 urea granulation plant in Alexandria, Egypt. For the revamped plant, which is planned to be operating at 100% capacity in 2025, thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology will supply the license, the Process Design Package and proprietary equipment. The UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation will increase the nameplate capacity from 2,000mtpd of Urea granules to 2,500mtpd and more. The proprietary horizontal cross flow scrubbing system minimizes urea dust and ammonia emissions. This is achieved by appropriate handling of the exhaust streams from the urea granulation plant and from the urea synthesis plant.

Saad Ibrahim Abu El-Maati Hassan, Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Qir Fertilizers: “With this expansion, Abu Qir Fertilizers will reinforce its position as a leading nitrogen fertilizer producer in Egypt. We chose thyssenkrupp again to use the most up-to-date technology. Their state of the art process and know-how give a significant boost to our plant capacity while simultaneously lowering the power consumption per produced ton of granular urea and reducing direct emissions at the same time.”

Dr. Matthias Potthoff, Managing Director of thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology: “We are glad for the continued trust of our customer in our proven solutions. Our UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation helps to increase productivity and to meet strict environmental standards, which becomes more and more important in the global fertilizer industry to make the plants and production future proof.”

Abu Qir Fertilizer Company, established near Abu Qir Bay 20km east of Alexandria in 1976, became one of the largest producers of nitrogenous fertilizers in the Middle East. Following a long lasting business relationship with thyssenkrupp Uhde, which built all Abu Qir plants, the Abu Qir 3 urea granulation plant was designed in 1996 for a nameplate capacity of 2,000mtpd. The revamped plant will be capable to produce 2,500mtpd of granulated urea and have an inbuilt design margin to even reach 2,750mtpd.

thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology is owner of the benchmark-setting UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation technology, which has a market share of over 70% related to installed urea granulation capacity. The company is part of thyssenkrupp Uhde and a global licensor of their proprietary technologies, supporting the whole fertilizer industry.

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.

Contact:

thyssenkrupp Uhde

Christian Dill

Communications Manager

Tel.: +49 231 547 3334

E-Mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

https://www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com

https://www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com/thyssenkrupp-fertilizer-technology/en/home/

Celebrating 100 years of thyssenkrupp Uhde: www.uhde100.com

To the press release
6/9/21

Digitalization cooperation: MAN Energy Solutions and thyssenkrupp to work on autonomous operation of turbomachinery

Digitalization cooperation: MAN Energy Solutions and thyssenkrupp to work on autonomous operation of turbomachinery

  • MAN Energy Solutions and the thyssenkrupp business unit Uhde to use AI to conserve resources and boost efficiency

  • Autonomous operation of compressor trains for nitric acid plants and other applications

MAN Energy Solutions and the thyssenkrupp business unit Uhde are looking to drive forward the development, testing and marketing of autonomous turbomachinery systems operation for the nitric acid production industry and have signed a cooperation agreement to this effect. The two major German companies will use artificial intelligence (AI) to aid decision-making in nitric acid plant operation. It will involve taking real-time account of data such as product price, yield, efficiency, emissions, energy costs, process stability, and forecast maintenance requirements.

"Combining human expertise with artificial intelligence is a milestone for the process industry. Autonomous operation of turbomachinery offers advantages in efficiency, machine availability and health, as well as emissions reductions. AI algorithms ensure that machines and plants run reliably and at the optimum operating point at all times. This leads to fewer failures, greater efficiency and lower operating costs. In the final development stage, human intervention is only necessary for maintenance – which in turn leads to lower travel costs and reduced emissions. The development of autonomy thus combines the two strategic targets of digitalization and decarbonization," explained Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions. "MAN Energy Solutions already holds a leading market position when it comes to the unmanned operation of complex compressor trains. Through our cooperation with thyssenkrupp, we hope to further consolidate our lead."

Dr. Sami Pelkonen, CEO of the business unit Uhde said, "As one of the leading suppliers of nitric acid plants, our cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions will soon open up a whole new world of possibilities for operating the plants in a way that is both intelligent and resource-friendly. Our technology and digitalization competences will be a perfect match in achieving this."

Within the framework of this cooperation, the AI algorithms and advanced automation systems developed by thyssenkrupp Uhde and MAN Energy Solutions, as well as a digital controller for MAN turbomachinery systems, will be further developed, tested and interconnected to form a joint digital technology solution that is market-ready.

"In the 2020 pandemic year, MAN Energy Solutions was able to remotely commission complex compressor trains using digital technologies based on MAN CEON. The company has also already successfully demonstrated the continuous unmanned operation of its turbomachinery systems with its subsea compressor systems in the Norwegian Sea," added Jörg Massopust, Head of Digital Sales & Alliances at MAN Energy Solutions. "Together with thyssenkrupp, we now want to take the next step and enable the development from unmanned to autonomous operation. We later plan to apply the experience gained together in the nitric acid industry to other segments."

Thore Lohmann, Head of Operating Unit Fertilizer and Methanol at thyssenkrupp Uhde, concluded, "Digitalization is a topic that is becoming increasingly important. Our focus here is on the use of artificial intelligence to improve product characteristics, consumption figures and maintenance intervals, as well as increased automation. That's why our cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions fits perfectly with our strategy."

 

About thyssenkrupp’s Business Unit Uhde:

thyssenkrupp’s Uhde business unit combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.

 

Contact:
thyssenkrupp, Business Unit Uhde
Christian Dill
Communications Manager 

Tel.: +49 231 547 3334
E-Mail:
christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

Celebrating 100 years of thyssenkrupp Uhde: www.uhde100.com

 

About MAN Energy Solutions:

MAN Energy Solutions is paving the way to a climate-neutral global economy. Whether industrial production, the energy industry, or the maritime sector, we think holistically and are tackling the challenges of tomorrow today – so our customers can create value in a sustainable manner. Our technology portfolio contains the experience gained with a more than 250-year-old tradition of engineering MAN Energy Solutions is based in Germany and employs approximately 14,000 people at over 120 locations worldwide.  Furthermore, our customers benefit from the global service-center network offered by MAN PrimeServ, our brand for after-sales service.

 

Contact MAN Energy Solutions:
Roberto Rubichi
Communications Manager
P.: +41 44 278 3325
e-mail: roberto.rubichi@man-es.com

https://www.man-es.com/

 

 

To the press release
5/11/21

goovi®: thyssenkrupp presents new multi vibrating screen

– Digitized screen with intelligent control system

– Increased efficiency, reduced weight and height

– Innovative solution for secondary and tertiary screening

goovi® is the name of a newly developed multi vibrating screen from thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. The name says it all: goovi® ensures good vibrations in secondary and tertiary screening in the gravel and crushed stone, mining, mineral processing and recycling industries. A new patented drive technology in combination with an innovative control system provides a significant increase in operational flexibility, product quality and performance, coupled with greatly reduced weight and height.

Achim Schönfelder, Head of Product Line Screens and Feeders at thyssenkrupp Mining Technologies: “With the goovi®, all vibration modes (circular, linear and elliptical) can be realized in one machine, allowing flexible adaptation to changing job requirements and material properties. In addition, the low height of the goovi® facilitates simple installation in existing plants.”

Revolutionary drive system

The goovi® is driven at four different points, one on each side front and back, resulting in an optimum stress distribution in the side walls. It also uses fewer rotating parts than conventional screens, which translates into significantly lower weight and height as well as reduced maintenance and wear. Two or three standard unbalance motors are installed at each drive point, so each goovi® is driven by a total of 8 or 12 motors, depending on size, which are synchronized via a patented PLC supplied with the machine.

Intelligent control and flexible operation

With the patented control system, speed and flow direction can be steplessly adjusted so that all important operating parameters can be optimally adapted to the requirements of production at any time. In addition, with the goovi® it is possible to react flexibly to changes in material properties (e.g. moisture) during operation and optimize the processing of difficult-to-screen materials.

Different product qualities can be saved in recipes and retrieved as required at the touch of a button via the touchscreen supplied. The goovi® can also be integrated into control loops for product optimization. There is a preset cleaning function for the removal of clogged particles. The goovi® is fully digitized and can be integrated into a higher-level control system, paving the way for Industry 4.0 in processing plants.

Peter Berlitz, Product Manager Screens at thyssenkupp Mining Technologies: “To optimize costs and delivery times, thyssenkrupp has developed a range of standard machines. The single-deck and double-deck versions are available in six different widths and four different lengths with a maximum screening area of 26 m². However, due to the straightforward modular design, custom solutions tailored to a particular application can also be supplied.”

Click here to explore thyssenkrupp's revolution in screening technology goovi®

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