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US News E-Fuels: Siemens builds plant for mass production

17:15  02 march  2021
17:15  02 march  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The plant in Chile is to generate fuel from wind energy, CO2 and water. The German Ministry of Energy and Porsche are also partners.

Siemens Energie ist seit letztem Jahr eine selbstständige Unternehmung. Beim Hauptkonzern wird sie als disclosed activities geführt. © Lukassek / Shutterstock Siemens Energie has been an independent company since last year. In the main group, it is listed as disclosed activities.

The Haru Oni ​​Project uses the strong winds of the southern province of Magallanes to produce climate-neutral fuel. The liquid energy carrier should emit 90 percent less CO2 than the fossil variant. This is what Siemens Energy writes in the press release . The former power plant division sees another advantage in e-fuels: the existing infrastructure can be used for liquid fuels. At his side is project partner Porsche , who want to use green fuel in motorsport and can also imagine it in series sports cars.

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Power-to-X: Transport sector without CO2

The project represents the first large-scale commercial plant for the production of e-fuel, according to the operators. And this is how it works: It uses electrolysis to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen passes through a membrane and is then brought together with CO2 separated from the air. The system uses the result to produce synthetic methanol - the basis for e-diesel, e-gasoline or e-kerosene.

From 2022, Haru Oni ​​is expected to produce 130,000 liters of e-methanol. A large proportion of this is to be converted into e-gasoline using a technology licensed by Exxon. Siemens plans to produce 550,000 liters of e-fuels per year by 2026. The main buyer will be Porsche. The concept behind it is called Power-to-X. Electrical energy is laboriously transformed into another form in order to ultimately become energy again. The Strommulti has several test systems for the electrolysis process PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) developed in-house. It is uncertain whether the intermediate step via the methanol will be used to better store and transport the fuel .

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million euros from government and industry

Siemens emphasizes that the project was only possible through cooperation with international partners. In addition, eight million euros from the German Foreign and Energy Ministry helped. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier has his say: “We know that we cannot meet national needs from domestic production alone, but that we will need international partnerships. I am therefore very pleased that Siemens Energy and Porsche are building up production capacities and import structures for green hydrogen and its subsidiary products in other countries. ”

Another 20 million euros come from Porsche. The main operator of the plant comes from the energy sector: AME. The oil company ENAP, an Italian-Chilean joint venture, supplies personnel and helps with logistics and maintenance.

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