TES and the VBSA sign partnership to decarbonise waste-to-energy plants in Switzerland
TES and the VBSA have signed a partnership to decarbonise waste-to-energy plants in Switzerland, that emit around 4 million tons of CO₂ per year. TES and OGE are cooperating to build a 1,000-kilometre-long CO₂ transport system in Germany, connecting the TES Green Energy Hub in Wilhelmshaven with several industrial sites, where the CO₂ will be shipped and then sequestered or reused for the production of eNG. Switzerland’s strategic locations such as Basel can be connected to this infrastructure via train or pipelines.
The scope of the partnership will be to establish how much CO₂ should be removed from Switzerland and over what period of time, so that these quantities can be taken into account when dimensioning the transport network in Germany as well as any connecting routes.
TES’s green energy hub in Wilhelmshaven will act as a catalyst for a circular carbon economy. The recycled CO₂ will serve as a carrier to transport green hydrogen: it will be captured at the source and transported to locations where it can be either sequestered or combined with green hydrogen to create eNG, giving rise to a circular, closed zero-emissions energy loop. The Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub will become a primary entry point for green, safe and affordable energy in Europe.
“We are breaking new ground with the decarbonization of our waste-to-energy plants. CO₂ removal is a particular challenge. By 2050 at the latest, we need a reliable transport infrastructure for millions of tons of CO₂. Today we need competent partners to advance the planning of this infrastructure. I am pleased that TES will bring its expertise to this process,” says Robin Quartier, Director of the VBSA.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the Association of Swiss waste-to-energy plants operators in their carbon recycling process. Our joint initiative supports the goal of tackling global decarbonization while also delivering green, affordable energy in Europe,” says Marco Alverà, CEO of TES.
“The cooperation between TES and VBSA will accelerate the decarbonization of Switzerland by defining a clear transport strategy for the 29 waste-to-energy plants that will pave the way for the Swiss industry to be connected to a larger European CO₂ infrastructure,” says Rafael Löhrer, Business Development Switzerland TES.