The project includes the accompanying research activities for "Power-to-MEDME", the large-scale development of the production of green methanol and dimethyl ether (DME) in Chile, and develops important framework conditions for its continuation (in the following named as Module 1).
The project includes tasks along the entire process chain, starting with the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources, followed by CO₂ capture, and concluding with the product dimethyl ether (DME). The aim here is to reduce the costs and increase the efficiency of the various processes themselves. In the accompanying research for Module 1, the processes and the process chain will be simulated, and material development and investigations will be carried out for the individual steps. In addition, the markets in Chile, as well as those on an international level, will be evaluated and a scale-up of the plant will be carried out.
Another important component of the project is sustainable development and transfer of know-how on site. This includes, among other things, education and training of engineers and technicians for the construction and operation of the plants along the process chain.
The Germany-Chile Energy Partnership, which was launched in 2019, emphasizes the importance of Chile for the future energy supply of Germany and Europe. The project thus supports the diversification of energy imports and fulfils the requirement of the funding program to "develop trade relations with potential exporters of green hydrogen."