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Basf And Siemens Energy Plan A Strategic Partnership
Petrochemicals | 10 February 2021

BASF and Siemens Energy have planned to accelerate the commercial implementation of new technologies that are designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, as a part of their strategic partnership. The main aim of BASF is to extend its role in lowering CO2 emissions in chemical production, by combining BASF’s technological expertise with Siemens Energy’s product and services portfolio.

Various pilot projects at BASF’s Ludwigshafen, Germany, site are under discussion. The company’s headquarters is one of the largest chemical production sites in the world.

Possible pilot projects include the construction of a PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolyser for hydrogen production with an output of 50 MW, with the possibility of modular capacity expansions and the installation of a high-temperature 50 MW thermal heat pump for generating process steam from waste heat in a production plant. Furthermore, a modernisation of the power grid at the Ludwigshafen site using digital and CO2-optimised products from Siemens Energy is being assessed. Moreover, a study is underway to analyse the potential for common system and catalytic converter development in an effort, for boosting the efficiency of electrolysis plants (PEM electrolysis) and for collaborating in generating electricity from wind energy.

Within the extent of its carbon management since 2018, BASF has sought further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The absolute level of the company’s emissions is targeted not to exceed that of 2018, until the year 2030. With an organized substantial increase in production volumes, this means that a further minimization of the emission intensity by around 30% in this period. With the availability of newly developed technologies and the increased use of renewable energies, BASF is also aiming to further minimize its emissions in absolute terms beyond the year 2030. This will lead to a significant rise in the company’s demand for electricity from renewable sources.

For the strategic partnership of the companies, A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed between BASF and Siemens Energy, which will be committed to supporting the chemical company in achieving its ambitious climate targets above all. For Siemens Energy, the partnership will represent a further key step towards pursuing its strategic goals, namely low-emission or emission-free generation of electricity and heat, transmission and storage of electricity, a smaller carbon footprint and lower energy consumption in industrial processes, as well as shaping a sustainable hydrogen economy.

The two companies will seek to study the pilot projects identified for technical and commercial feasibility as soon as possible, to be able to quantify the authentic investments that are required and to launch the implementation of the pilot projects within the scope of the currently existing framework conditions.

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