Porsche, in partnership with international organizations, has launched a pioneering project that is set to revolutionize the automotive industry. The company has unveiled a clean eFuel that is made from carbon dioxide, water, and wind energy. This revolutionary product is a significant breakthrough in the efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector.
The project is being spearheaded by Porsche in collaboration with Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF), a Chilean operating company, and other international partners. The Haru Oni pilot plant in Punta Arenas, Chile, was recently opened, and the first synthetic fuel produced at the site was ceremoniously used to fuel a Porsche 911 in the presence of Chilean Energy Minister Diego Pardow, executives, and dignitaries.
According to Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Development and Research at Porsche AG, eFuels offer a nearly carbon-neutral alternative for the millions of combustion engine vehicles on the road, some of which will remain in use for decades. Porsche’s expertise in the field of high-performance, efficient engines, and fuel puts them in a unique position to capitalize on the potential of eFuels.
The eFuel is produced through the power-to-liquid (PTL) process, which involves using renewable electricity to convert carbon dioxide and water into liquid fuel. The fuel can be used as a drop-in replacement for gasoline in Porsche’s internal combustion engines, and it is also compatible with existing infrastructure. This makes it an exciting development with a significant potential to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.
The low carbon emissions of Porsche’s eFuel are one of its key benefits. It is produced using renewable electricity, which means that there are no carbon emissions during the production process. When the fuel is burned in an engine, it releases only the carbon dioxide that was used to make it, making it significantly more environmentally friendly than gasoline.
Porsche is currently testing eFuel in some of its vehicles, including the 911 GT3 and the Panamera. These tests have demonstrated impressive performance, with acceleration and top speeds similar to gasoline. The company plans to use eFuel in hybrid and electric vehicles to help extend its range and reduce its carbon footprint.
The pilot phase of eFuel production is set to produce around 130,000 liters per year. In this phase, the fuel will be used in lighthouse projects such as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and at Porsche Experience Centers. After the pilot phase, the first scaling will take the project in Chile up to a projected 55 million liters per year by the middle of the decade, and 550 million liters per year around two years later.
The south of Chile provides the ideal conditions for eFuel production, with the wind blowing for around 270 days a year, allowing the wind turbines to operate at full capacity. Punta Arenas is also located close to the Strait of Magellan, making it easy to transport synthetic eFuel all over the world, just like traditional fuels, using the existing infrastructure.
Porsche’s eFuel is a groundbreaking product that has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. It is a clean, renewable fuel that can be used in any vehicle that currently runs on gasoline, making it a viable alternative to fossil fuels. The project marks a significant step towards a more sustainable future for the automotive industry, and Porsche is leading the way in this innovative endeavor.