Porsche partners up to develop eFuels programme

Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners have teamed up to run a project in Chile that is set to yield the world’s first industrial-scale eFuels plant

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In the pilot phase of the groundbreaking project, around 130,000 litres of synthetic climate-neutral fuels known as eFuels will be produced – as early as 2022. Capacity will then be increased to about 55 million litres of eFuels a year by 2024, and around 550 million litres of eFuels by 2026.

The Haru Oni plant in Magallanes Province, southern Chile

The Haru Oni plant in Magallanes Province, southern Chile

Porsche – which is supporting the project with an initial investment of roughly 20 million euros – will be the primary customer for the green fuel, which it plans to use in its motorsport fleet, at its global Porsche Experience Centres and, later, in series production cars.

Other partners in the project are the energy firm AME, the petroleum company ENAP, from Chile, and Italian energy company Enel.

The “Haru Oni” pilot project in Magallanes Province takes advantage of the excellent wind conditions in southern Chile to produce climate-neutral fuel with the aid of green wind power.

Thanks to Germany’s national hydrogen strategy, Siemens Energy will get a grant of 8 million euros from the country’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in support of the project.

We know exactly what fuel characteristics our engines need in order to operate with minimal impact on the climate.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume

“Electromobility is a top priority at Porsche,” explains Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. “eFuels for cars are a worthwhile complement to that – if they’re produced in parts of the world where a surplus of sustainable energy is available. They are an additional element on the road to decarbonisation. Their advantages lie in their ease of application: eFuels can be used in combustion engines and plug-in hybrids, and can make use of the existing network of filling stations. By using them, we can make a further contribution toward protecting the climate.

“As a maker of high-performance, efficient engines, we have broad technical expertise. We know exactly what fuel characteristics our engines need in order to operate with minimal impact on the climate. Our involvement in the world’s first commercial, integrated eFuels plant supports the development of the alternative fuels of the future.”

Chile, with its excellent climate conditions for wind power and the associated low cost of electricity, has a very high potential in international terms for producing, exporting and locally using green hydrogen. To generate green hydrogen, electrolysers use wind power to dissociate water into its two components: oxygen and hydrogen. In a second step, plans call for filtering CO2 out of the air and then combining it with the green hydrogen to form synthetic methanol. The result is renewable methanol, which can be converted into climate-friendly fuel using an MTG (methanol to gasoline) technology to be licensed and supported by ExxonMobil.

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Comments (2)

  • Nice, another big name looking for carboneutrals, I have been trying to cover news like this regarding the advancement of the internal combustion engine towards total envio mental innocuousness, glad to see not only big companies, but also more people talking about this and spreading the news.

      1 year ago
  • Fantastic. Hopefully they’ll save ICE and enable app manufacturers to apply the technology.

      11 months ago