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Chile starts producing synthetic gasoline for Porsche

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With electrification, many wonder what will happen to cars and especially to classics. The good news is that there are alternative, sustainable fuels with a net zero emissions to be able to continue using them. The bad news is that they will be much more expensive and that brands like Porsche have already been put on the list to be the first customers.

The development of synthetic fuels it is nothing new. During World War II the Germans made great strides in this field to keep their war machine running despite the shortage of oil resources and to make gasoline from resources other than oil. Seven decades later, history repeats itself, although now the aim is to develop fuels that do not emit polluting gases from their use or that these emissions can be offset in their use cycle.

PorscheTogether with Siemens (which will receive state aid of eight million euros) and other important leading companies in the development of renewable energies, they lead the “Haru Oni” project in the Chilean region of Magallanes for the production of non-polluting fuels, known as e-fuels.

In the pilot phase, which will start in 2022, the a production of around 130,000 liters. In two additional phases, the capacity will increase to about 55 million liters per year in 2024 and 550 million liters in 2026. Porsche will be the main customer for green fuel. Other partners in the project are energy company AME, Chilean oil company ENAP and the Italian company Enel.

For Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy: “Establishing a sustainable energy economy requires a great rethinking. Renewable energy will no longer be produced only where it is needed, but where natural resources such as wind and sun are available on a large scale. Thus, new supply chains will emerge around the world to transport renewable energy from one region to another. This idea is of particular interest to Germany, which will have to import energy to satisfy its national demand. Hydrogen will play an increasingly important role in the storage and transport of energy. That is why the German government’s support for the project is really important. “

Porsche as a preferred customer

Porsche will be the first on the list to be able to use this type of fuel.

2 photos Porsche will be the first on the list to be able to use this type of fuel.

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To earn your preferred position and ensure that your vehicles can benefit from these eco-fuels, Porsche has initially put 20 million euros on the table. Initially, the use of eco-fuel will be made in Porsche racing cars, in the Porsche Experience Centers and, later, also in series production vehicles.

In the words of Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG: “Electric mobility is one of Porsche’s top priorities. Synthetic automotive fuels are a useful supplement, provided they are produced in parts of the world where there is a surplus of sustainable energy. They are an additional element on the path to decarbonisation. Its advantages lie in its ease of application: this type of fuel can be used in combustion engines and plug-in hybrids, and can make use of the existing network of service stations. By using them, we can do even more to protect the climate. As a manufacturer of high-performance and efficient engines, we at Porsche have extensive technical expertise. We know exactly what characteristics the fuels our engines need must have to operate with minimal impact on the climate. Our participation in the world’s first integrated commercial e-fuel plant supports the development of the alternative fuels of the future.

Peter Altmaier, German Economy Minister, said: “Hydrogen is a key element to successfully carry out the energy transformation in all sectors. For this reason, with our National Hydrogen Strategy, we intend to take advantage of the opportunities that this gas offers for climate, energy and economic policy. We know that we will not be able to cover our demand only with national production and that we will need international agreements. So I am pleased to see that Porsche and Siemens Energy are developing production capacity in other countries, along with import structures for renewable hydrogen and its by-products. Thanks to German know-how, for the first time, laboratory innovation will be transferred to an industrial manufacturing plant ”.

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