OMV’s innovation & technology portfolio – selected project highlights
Circular plastics economy
Circular economy and urban mining are two important topics at OMV. Within OMV’s feedstock recovery pilot project “ReOil” at Schwechat refinery post-consumer and post-industrial plastic is recycled to produce synthetic crude oil in a pyrolysis process (a proprietary OMV development). This recycled crude can be processed into any desired refinery product, while reducing the dependence on natural resources and improving carbon intensity compared to standard oil processing. The mechanical completion of the new pilot plant with a capacity of 100 kg/h was reached at the end of 2017 and represents the next step to gaining further experience for commercial upscaling.
OMV is continuously investigating new technologies such as co-processing to increase the quality and stability of fuels with biogenic components. Co-processing is an innovative concept, integrated directly into the refinery to produce gasoline and diesel from biogenic feedstock. First field tests were already successfully completed, including a sustainability certification according to the REDcert standard.
Advanced fuels are fuels that are not in competition with food. The principal sources for such advanced fuels are sunlight, water and CO2, elements that were also the source of fossil crude but developed over millions of years. OMV actively explores multiple kinds of alternative feedstocks, technologies and fuels, which are currently mostly in an R&D stage, with the aim of future scale-up. Selected projects include:
- Direct conversion of CO2 and water with solar energy to produce fuels and hydrogen – collaboration with Christian Doppler Laboratory (Cambridge)
- Direct conversion of CO2, hydrogen and biowaste to produce fuels – research collaboration with TU Vienna
- Hydrothermal liquefaction of biowaste to produce bio-based crude oil – research collaboration with Montanuniversität Leoben
- Utilization of sustainable electric energy to produce e-fuels – research cooperation within the German funded project Kopernikus
OMV’s innovation mission also focuses on developing solutions that improve the carbon efficiency of our products and services. We acknowledge climate change as one of the key challenges for our industry, and responding to it calls for a number of parallel approaches. Among other things, we focus our activities and resources on future energy in the transport sector. For heavy transport, this essentially means gas mobility through CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas). Electro mobility with state-of-the-art e-charging stations as well as H2 (hydrogen) complete our offer. With these initiatives, OMV is committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the areas (7) Affordable and clean energy, (9) Industry, innovation and infrastructure and (12) Responsible consumption and production.
Selected initiatives to drive digitalization
- Establishing predictive retail analytics based on point of sales data
- Cross-linked and optimized hundreds of processes with the Electronic Turnaround Optimization Platform first used in 2016
Automation and robotics
- Automating and optimizing processes throughout the entire Group; first pilot project in finance
- Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to promote a culture of data-driven insight Connectivity and sensitivity
- Minimizing the information security risk exposure with the cybersecurity program
People and culture
- Triggering a cultural change and reshaping the talent landscape
- Developing new skills such as design thinking, agility and collaboration