The eFuel plant in Chile, developed by Siemens Energy and funded by Porsche and the German state, will be implemented in three stages. North of Punta Arena, the plant is built in a desert, where they then produce gasoline from a sustainable source with renewable energy. In 2022, a trial plant will start operating, capable of producing 130,000 liters per year, and by 2024, a plant with a capacity of 55 million liters per year will be built, and its capacity will be expanded to 550 million liters per year by 2026. Due to the constant, strong wind, Patagonia has been chosen as the site for the Haru Oni plant, and a huge wind turbine will generate electricity. In the first step, the water is broken down into oxygen and green hydrogen, and then CO2 is extracted from the air to make synthetic methanol, which is then converted to gasoline. They don’t stop at methanol that can be used as car fuel because they want to produce backward compatible fuel, i.e. fuel that can also be used by older cars. The sustainably sourced petrol produced in Chile will then be transported by tanker to Europe, where Porsche will be one of its first users, and the Germans will already be running the Porsche Cup racing cars with synthetic petrol in 2022.
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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