Making unlimited renewable fuel a reality

News | 09.06.2020

Renewable fuels from CO₂, water and green energy

Norsk e-Fuel AS, the new European industry consortium headquartered in Oslo, has announced to industrialize Power-to-Liquid technology (PtL) in Norway for the European market. The new state-of-the-art project will allow the conversion of Norway’s extensive renewable electricity resources into renewable fuels.

Leading industry consortium Norsk e-Fuel is building the first European plant to generate renewable fuels from CO₂ and water using 100% renewable electricity. Climeworks is proud to be part of this consortium and provide CO₂ from air for the production of renewable fuel.

The joint venture is composed of four partners: Sunfire GmbH, the world’s leading PtL-technology provider; Climeworks AG, the pioneer in direct air capture technology; Paul Wurth SA (SMS group), a leading international EPC company for steel manufacturers and the green investment company Valinor, parent company of Norsk Vind, the largest private wind power developer in Norway.

Scaling up innovative technologies to realize climate-neutral transportation

Using a single step co-electrolysis process, the innovative technologies of Climeworks and Sunfire convert renewable electricity, water and CO₂ captured from ambient air and unavoidable CO₂ sources into syngas. Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The certified end products can be used directly in existing infrastructures.

The planning of the first plant is already well underway. It will be located in Herøya, Norway and will go into operation in 2023. Its initial production capacity of 10 million liters annually will be upscaled 10-fold to produce 100 million liters of renewable fuel before 2026. The Herøya plant will then help to reduce CO₂ emissions from industries such as aviation by 250.000 tonnes every year.

This new project holds the promise for a radical change towards climate-neutral transportation.

Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO of Climeworks
“The potential for this project is staggering. Norsk e-fuel makes the supply of renewable fuel possible on a scale that is larger than has ever been achieved before – something that is crucial if we are to make global transportation truly sustainable. We are glad to contribute our direct air capture technology and know-how to help create renewable crude together with our partners.”
Key take-aways:
  • New state-of-the-art project in Norway aims at making carbon-neutral transporation a reality
  • Sunfire GmbH, Climeworks AG, Paul Wurth SA (SMS group) and Valinor have agreed on a partnership to produce renewable fuels
  • Renewable electricity, water and CO₂ captured from the air and unavoidable CO₂ sources are converted into renewable fuels

You can find further information on the website of Norsk e-Fuel AS.

For the full English press release, see here.

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