E-Fuel project is a collaborative act towards sustainable transportation fuels
Global emissions from transportation sector currently cover about 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The market for synthetic fuels that has emerged in the wake of an acute need to reduce emissions is expected to grow to millions of tons by 2030 in Europe alone. The market for electrolysis technology, which is a key to the production of synthetic fuels, is expected to grow more than 20-fold in the coming five years. The production of e-fuels is often referred to by the names power-to-liquids (PtL) or power-to-X (PtX).
The two-year E-fuel research project aims at developing integration of hydrogen production through high-temperature electrolysis using a solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) with carbon dioxide sequestration and Fischer-Tropsch fuel synthesis, aiming at a breakthrough for Finnish technology on the growing world market for synthetic fuels.
E-Fuel project’s specific objectives
- Development of thermal integration of solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) with downstream processes
- Optimal connection of electrolyser with power grid to maximize profit and minimize carbon emissions
- Development of catalytic partial oxidation (CPOX)/reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) concept integration and verification of long term operation (>1000 hrs)
- Development of integrated concept of CO2 capture, electrolysis and FT synthesis
- Demonstration of integrated concept in bench scale (>1000 hrs)
- Demonstration of drop-in paraffinic e-fuel production (up to 300 kg) and usability
- Ensuring the environmental and other impacts of e-fuel production and produced paraffinic e-fuel
- Generating e-fuel related technology IPR for exploitation and commercialization