New liquefaction technology put into action

New liquefaction technology
New liquefaction technology

Innovation Fund Denmark

The customer's challenge
Innovation Fund Denmark wanted us to create a working liquefaction facility based on the theoretical models we developed in the Blue INNOship project.

Our solution
We built a nano-scale liquefaction plant with an output and energy consumption that matched the calculations.

The outcome
We proved that our solution drastically reduces costs and space requirements for the liquefaction of natural gas.

In cooperation with the Technical University of Denmark, KC LNG developed an innovative solution for liquefaction of natural gas in 2016 as part of the Blue INNOship project.

We engineered and designed a liquefaction plant that consumes up to 40% less energy than normal – but calculations and drawings were not enough. The technology had to be proven in practice. And so we constructed a nano-scale LNG liquefaction plant based on our new design.

The right mix is key

The liquefaction solution that we developed with DTU uses a mix of several different refrigerants to cool natural gas to the point where it becomes a liquid (-162°C/-260°F). Determining the ideal ratios of these refrigerants was one of the crucial steps to achieving the desired performance of the plant.

After a short initial phase of adjustments, our technicians hit the right balance and were able to prove that the plant's output and energy consumption matched our calculations perfectly.

Local production raises responsibility

The potential of this technology is considerable, as it offers drastic reductions to the high costs that typically limit investments in LNG usage and infrastructure. Small, energy-efficient liquefaction plants make it possible to produce LNG locally instead of having to transport fuel from massive, far-away terminals as is the norm today.  Our solution makes it cheaper and easier to switch to LNG – the cleanest fossil fuel.