MAN ES, Wasco team up on power-to-gas technology in South-East Asia

Germany’s engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions and Malaysian integrated energy group Wasco Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote and commercialize Power-to-X (PtX) projects in South-East Asia.

The technology in question converts electricity into carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, gas or liquid, for use as a clean, carbon-neutral energy source.

Due to travel restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the signing ceremony took place as a digital event with representatives from both companies participating via a live video stream.

Signing ceremony. Image by MAN

“We see a huge potential for Synthetic Fuels,” Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, pointed out.

“To advance decarbonisation, climate-neutral fuels are needed in all sectors where direct electrification via batteries is not an option – as is the case with international shipping. Without a doubt, Power-to-X is one of the key technologies needed to generate such synthetic fuels. We are very happy to work in South-East Asia together with Wasco and build on their vast network, tremendous experience, and substantial capabilities in the region.”

“Both companies have a strong track record, background, and resources in developing energy projects across Asia. This collaboration with MAN on Power-to-X technology is in line with Wasco’s growth ambitions driven by innovation,” Giancarlo Maccagno, CEO, Wasco Energy Group, said.

“The signing of the MOU reaffirms our commitment to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to the market, which is the future of the energy sector.”

MAN Energy Solutions commissioned Europe’s largest methanisation plant to create green methane from hydrogen as far back as 2013. Today, the company offers industrially-scaled 50MW Power-to-Gas and Power-to-X plants as part of its product portfolio.