A strong alliance for eFuels –
climate-neutral liquid fuels

 

eFuels

Environmentally and climate-friendly

Made from renewable energy sources and atmospheric CO2.

Easy and versatile to use

Replacing conventional liquid fuels.

User-friendly and convenient

Usable in all vehicles and heaters for liquid energy sources.

A driver for international cooperation

Opening up the huge international potential of renewable energies worldwide.

eFuels are the global solution
to a global challenge

Because eFuels will allow vehicles and systems worldwide to be used
in a climate-neutral manner today and in the future

The fight against climate change is a global challenge and therefore requires global solutions. The eFuel Alliance is on board with the EU climate protection targets for 2050 and wants to actively support the transition to sustainable, modern and competitive economies in the EU. In order to achieve the ambitious climate protection goals and successfully advance the energy transition, technological innovation is vital, and that can only be guaranteed by a genuine openness to technology. It must be possible to deploy these technological solutions throughout the EU, but also in regions beyond Europe, regardless of their economic power, geography or technical requirements.

Synthetic liquid fuels, called eFuels, are just such a solution. They are the climate-neutral alternative to conventional liquid fuels and are excellently suited to reducing CO2 emissions in transport and the heating market. eFuels can achieve greenhouse gas reduction effectively and affordably – right up to climate neutrality.

Potential use of eFuels in existing modes of transport and heating systems

The current figures for means of transport around the world – as well as for the heating market in the EU – are as follows:

Throughout the world, more than 1.3 billion vehicles are currently powered by conventional internal combustion engines. In addition, there are around 22,000 aircraft and 50,000 ships worldwide for which there is no sensible technical alternative in sight. These existing fleets will continue to form the basis for mobility in the coming decades. They will continue to grow worldwide and generate extra traffic. Moreover, around 20 million heating systems in the EU alone operate with conventional liquid fuels. Given this reality, the sustainable solution for climate protection is to use carbon-neutral fuels. Europe’s transition to sustainable electricity has been achieved by making the generation process climate neutral.

 

The electricity produced remains the same. Likewise, we can have a climate-neutral effect across the existing vehicle fleet by changing the energy source, rather than the infrastructure. eFuels are a solution for all vehicles and means of transport, both now and in the future. eFuels are actually sustainable in two ways: Firstly, they are produced from renewable electricity and release only as much CO2 as was previously captured for the production of eFuels. Secondly, they can be used as liquid fuels in existing vehicles and infrastructures, including the global filling station network. The production of eFuels is also necessary in order to allow the chemical industry to operate in a climate-neutral manner.

 

eFuels

A CO2-neutral alternative to conventional energy carriers, eFuels make a decisive contribution to the global energy transition – by satisfying demand through renewable energy sources. To make eFuels, the following is required: electricity from renewable energy sources such as the sun or wind; water to produce hydrogen through electrolysis processes; and CO2, which is extracted from the atmosphere. Because eFuels are produced by synthesising hydrogen and carbon, they are called synthetic liquid fuels.

For these synthetic energy sources to be used on a global scale, industrial production is required. Sunny and windy areas with the potential for yielding large volumes of renewable energy are particularly good locations to produce hydrogen and hydrogen-based derivative products such as eFuels in a cost-effective way. Production costs can thus be significantly reduced, allowing eFuels to establish themselves as affordable climate-neutral energy carriers for a wide range of applications such as road, air and shipping traffic, the heating market and the chemical industry.

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Advantages

eFuels can make a decisive contribution to achieving the 2050 climate targets:

 

eFuels are environmentally and climate-friendly.

  • eFuels allow the global potential of solar and wind power to be unleashed around the world.
  • eFuels are produced by using renewable electricity as well as atmospheric CO2 from the air and hydrogen from water.
  • eFuels are climate-neutral; no additional greenhouse gases are produced while they are in use.
  • eFuels can be easily stored and transported over long distances without any energy loss. They solve one central problem of the energy transition: the inability to feed renewable energy into the grid continuously and thus have it permanently available.
  • eFuels emit significantly less nitrogen oxide and particulate matter than conventional fuels.
  • eFuels do not cause any disposal or recycling issues.
  • eFuels can be used in today’s engines and heating systems and thus allow the sustainable use of existing infrastructure in the transport and heating sectors.

eFuels are versatile and quick to deploy.

  • eFuels are compatible with conventional internal combustion engines and efficient condensing boilers. They can thus be deployed in the approximately 1.3 billion vehicles around the world and supply heat efficiently through around 20 million heating systems in the EU that run on liquid fuels.
  • eFuels can reach the market quickly via existing flexible distribution networks and are therefore easily available to the consumer.
  • eFuels can easily be added to conventional fuels (drop-in capability from 1 to 100%).
  • eFuels are suitable for all modes of transport: passenger cars, heavy-duty vehicles, airplanes and ships. In addition, they can also be used as a substitute for crude oil in the chemical industry.
  • There is no reasonable technological alternative to using eFuels in aviation, shipping, construction, agriculture, forestry and large segments of heavy goods traffic.

eFuels are user-friendly and convenient.

  • Thanks to eFuels, there is no need for an expensive change of technologies in the transport and heating sector. The disposal or conversion of existing infrastructure throughout the world is thus avoided. For the consumer, this means no switching costs, no need for reorientation towards different technologies and an easy and familiar handling process of a safe energy carrier. This promotes a high-level of acceptance for E-Fuels.
  • eFuels can be comprehensively distributed via existing infrastructure and are thus easily available to consumers.
  • eFuels combine all the advantages of conventional liquid energy sources: a short refuelling process as well as high energy density, which enables a long vehicle range.
  • As studies by renowned research institutes prove, eFuels can be produced in the medium-term for approximately 1 euro per litre. This keeps fuels affordable for consumers.

eFuels help to secure Europe’s primacy as an industrial location and strengthen international energy cooperation.

  • Both the EU and several states around the world have already committed themselves to using hydrogen and hydrogen-based derivative products within their hydrogen strategies in order to make parts of the economy and transport system climate-neutral.
  • However, most industrialised countries such as Germany cannot meet their energy requirements using their own climate-neutral energy sources and are therefore completely dependent on the import of renewable energies.
  • Areas of the world that get plenty of sun and wind can generate large quantities of renewable energies and produce corresponding quantities of eFuels.
  • eFuels can be imported from these sunny and windy regions and used around the world. In this way, less developed countries can also establish a climate-neutral energy supply. This also promotes international cooperation.
  • Europe’s world-leading expertise in engine and plant construction – including medium-sized supply-chain companies – will be maintained; hundreds of thousands of jobs will be secured.
  • European engineers are world leaders in the development of Power-to-X technology, which is used to produce eFuels. This strengthens the European export economy and creates over 470,000 additional jobs in Germany alone.

Initiative

The eFuel Alliance is committed to expanding eFuel production capacity around the globe, and to promoting its broad application. Our goals are to have eFuels recognised as an essential element of European climate protection policy and have them treated on an equal level with other climate protection technologies. The aim is to shape the regulatory framework at the national and European level so that eFuels can make a significant contribution to climate protection.

We promote international cooperation to establish the role of synthetic fuels worldwide. We are an interest group committed to the industrial production of hydrogen-based synthetic liquid fuels using the Power-to-X process. The alliance is open to companies, associations and individuals, including those in the petroleum trade and the petroleum industry, the automotive and automotive supplier industry, mechanical and plant construction, research and science, the aviation and maritime industry, the chemical industry, the energy production and generation sector and, of course, the employee and employer representatives from these areas.

We are committed to the climate protection targets for 2050 that were internationally agreed upon in 2015 and see eFuels as a vital way to achieve these targets. eFuels can help satisfy a demand for mobility that is certain to grow. They can be used to move the goods that a growing population will consume. And they help to make the rising energy needs of the future truly sustainable.  

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News

This is where you’ll find the latest news about eFuels –
both from the eFuel Alliance and from the media.