Norsk e-Fuel plans Europe’s first hydrogen aviation fuel plant

Norsk e-Fuel plans Europe’s first hydrogen aviation fuel plant

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Strategic Development

The consortium of the leading universities has made unlimited renewable fuel a reality to achieve climate-friendly transportation. Norsk e-fuel combines carbon dioxide and water and uses 100% renewable electricity to generate renewable fuels. The output from the first plant located in Heroya, Porsgrunn, will provide enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of the top five domestic aviation routes by 50%. The company established a joint venture to make the industrial production of renewable fuels possible. It consists of four partners: Sunfire GmbH- the world’s leading Ptl technology provider, Climework the leader in CO2 air capture technology, Paul Wurth SA (SMS group) – a leading international EPC company for steel manufacturers, and Valinor- the green investment company, the parent company of Norsk Vind- the most prominent private wind power developer in Norway.

Strategic Alignment

For this vital project, these four companies combine the much-needed corporate strength with the most advanced technologies to convert Norway’s extensive hydropower and wind resources into renewable fuels. Presently, the European and the world transport sector are heavily dependent on fossil fuels. These new projects promise a radical change towards climate-neutral transportation for industries that are difficult to electrify, like aviation industries.
Sunfire and Climeworks use their innovative technologies to convert renewable electricity, water, and CO2, captured from ambient air and other CO2 sources into syngas using a single-step co-electrolysis process. Further processing and refining generate renewable fuels like jet fuels. The existing infrastructures can directly use the end products. Norsk e-fuel plans to make the supply of renewable fuel possible on a scale larger than ever before, and it is a crucial step if global transportation needs to be made genuinely sustainable.
The first plant having a production capacity of 10 million liters in a year, will start operation in 2023. This plant will be scaled up to 10-fold to produce 100 million renewable fuel liters before 2026. This up-scaled plant can then serve as a blueprint for the nationwide roll-out of the project. The location of the plant has vital infrastructure along with sufficient space for planned up-scaling.


Immediate Impact

The plant can save 250000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from industries such as the aviation industry every year. The plant will provide enough blended renewable fuel for the top five domestic aviation routes in Norway combined (Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Bergen, Oslo-Stavanger, Oslo-Tromso, Oslo-Bodo). It will cut the current flight emissions between these countries by half. This project will offer deeper decarbonization than ever before.

Budding Growth Opportunities for End-Users

This project will generate a large number of jobs, both locally and nationally. The energy transition is progressing fast in consumer-facing sectors.

Potential Advancements for Peer Markets

This project will help in the creation of a new clean energy business sector. Climate change and the rising cost of carbon dioxide emissions result in a growing market for renewable solutions.
The fuel synthetic market is divided into natural gas, coal, plant waste, and others globally. A chemical conversion process produces synthetic fuel. Synthetic fuel made from coal may dominate the market as it is readily available in most countries.

Shifting Industry Trends

With the continuous worsening of environment-related concerns, the need for renewable and clean energy has increased rapidly. Specifically, in developed economies, there has been substantial growth in the investments to adopt renewable energy instead of conventional energy sources. For example, WHEEL (the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans) and private & public companies are working on clean energy sources. Such initiatives by governments and private and public market players in the e-fuel industry contribute to clean energy sources’ growth. The world’s energy dynamics trend is shifting towards renewable and clean energy due to the growing adverse effects of pollution and the worsening of environmental conditions. New emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, and others are moving toward renewable energy with optimism. In place of conventional fuels, these countries are switching towards clean and renewable energy sources, which may increase the global e-fuel market’s growth during the forecast period.

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