Making unlimited renewable fuel a reality

news | 2020-06-09

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.

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.

 “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.”, adds Climeworks co-founder and co-CEO Christoph Gebald. 

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

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For the full English press release, see here.