Electrolyzed hydrogen combines with carbon dioxide to produce methanol and then gasoline. The United Kingdom, France, China and even California have announced plans to stop the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines in the late 2030s, but to our knowledge, none of these plans include a ban on the use of existing cars on No Road. If these cars and trucks are going to keep driving for a while, we have to get creative about the fuel we burn.
That's why I'm a little excited about Porsche and Siemens working together to do this. As we reported earlier this year, Porsche and Siemens are developing a low-carbon synthetic fuel that combines green hydrogen (from electrolysis powered by wind), carbon dioxide (filtered from the atmosphere) and methane. Which in turn turns into fuel. petrol.
On Friday, two companies began work at the Harrow On plant near Ponto Arenas in Chile. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the plant should be able to produce 34,000 gallons (130,000 liters) of synthetic fuel by 2022, before increasing by 14.5 million gallons (55 million liters) by 2024 and 145 million gallons (550). "We have the fuel and engines available, and that's the key to success," said Michael Steiner, CEO of Porsche Research and Development. Steiner explained. Announcements
Porsche's interest in synthetic fuels stems from the fact that 70% of cars built to date are still on the road. "We've already tried historic 911 vehicles with e-fuel, and one of our tasks on this project is to have the expertise to select the fuel in a way that really works for our engines," Steiner says. She said.
“I'm talking about really high speed naturally aspirated engines like the GT3, GT3 RS or 911 Turbo, fuel is possible for our historic cars, and we're really sure it can.” – Our tests are really promising. We are experimenting with current modern engines Plus old engines.” One racing series for Porsche 911s. But as production ramps up, Steiner says it can be used at various Porsche Experience centers around the world, as well as for the first filling of new cars being made at its various plants. Moreover, the fuel can enter the attractive markets for carbon taxes and displace gasoline from terrestrial fossil fuels.
You may also find a relatively high client base. Formula 1 has announced a plan to be carbon neutral by 2030, using synthetic fuels (although it is clear that the vast majority of the sport's carbon emissions come from racing teams and fans, as well as fluid dynamics (server farms and wind tunnels, not 20 burning race cars). 100 kilograms of fuel per day.) Steiner confirmed that Porsche and Formula One are already in talks. He told me, "Yes, we have been negotiating with Formula One. We can give them a share, but not only at the beginning."
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