Representatives of BASF and RWE presented a new project, which shows how industrial production can become sustainable in the future. The project envisages the construction of an offshore wind farm with a capacity of 2 GW, which aims to supply the Ludwigshafen chemical platform with green electricity, including for the production of CO2-free hydrogen.
The aim of the project is to electrify the production processes of basic chemicals, processes that are currently based on fossil fuels.
This will involve the use of CO2-free technologies, such as electrically heated steam ovens, to produce petrochemicals. BASF is already working with partners to develop these technologies.
To advance the joint project, the executive directors of BASF and RWE signed a letter of intent aimed at large-scale cooperation, for the creation of additional renewable energy production capacities and the use of innovative technologies for environmental protection.
The new plans could avoid generating about 3.8 million metric tonnes of CO2 per year, of which 2.8 million tonnes would come from BASF, in its Ludwigshafen plant.