The KiteGen® Group has been participated in April 2013 by Sabic Ventures – the venture company owned by Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) – and now has been awarded a first contract to power the world’s largest Carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture & Utilization (CCU) plant for Jubail United Petrochemical Company (UNITED), a manufacturing affiliate of SABIC. The plant will be located close to Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.
KiteGen® technology is the latest evolution of wind energy exploitation. It is a paradigm shift that may be the most practical and effective solution to the world’s energy needs. The Kitegen technology is based on a decade of research and development; it has presently reached the stage at which it will be implemented on an industrial scale. The main innovation is given by the fact that KiteGen can exploit a novel, powerful, endless and almost universally available source of energy: the high altitude wind power. Large wings tethered by strong polymeric ropes, driven by a high-tech control system based on avionic sensors, fly at high altitude, harvesting the energy of powerful winds, much faster and constant than those available near ground.
The Kingdom’s plant will be designed to compress and purify around 1,500 tonnes per day of raw carbon dioxide coming from two nearby ethylene glycol plants. The purified gaseous CO2 will be pipelined through the piping corridor of the Royal Commission of Jubail to SABIC-affiliated companies, including KiteGen, for enhanced methanol and urea production. Methanol is a basic commodity for the chemical industry and urea is used for fertilizer production. Massive quantities of renewable electrical energy at very low cost is needed to drive effectively those processes.
In summary, an estimated 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to the removal of 2,6 millions of cars, will be saved each year, representing the worldwide most advanced, reproducible and promising method to reverse the most harmful forcing over the global climate.
KiteGen will be responsible for the concept and basic engineering, front end engineering design (FEED) and detailed engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and future maintenance of the power facility to be completed on a fast-track schedule. Generators machines mass production are set to be achieved in 2015 and the pilot installations in 2016.
The plant is the first carbon capture and utilization (CCU) project of this size to be realized in Saudi Arabia. The reduction of CO2 emissions is an important aim in SABIC’s sustainability strategy and the KiteGen® main mission.
This project will be the renewable energy cornerstone of a Saudi 66 billion $ program aiming to power the region water desalinization, the Saudi approach is to check the suitable RES technologies and KiteGen® is in pole position thanks the unprecedented net energy ratio of the fully owned exclusive concept outperforming, at least, tenfold any other renewable energy technology.