02 Июля 2022 | суббота | 21:17

E-fuels: when innovation becomes reality

Мая 22, 2022

A key solution for the future of green mobility, e-fuels are synthetic fuels – e-methane, e-kerosene, e-diesel, etc. – produced from renewable electricity, which may be in gas or liquid form. ENGIE has stepped up to advance the sector by launching a number of projects.

ENGIE is working on two large-scale e-fuel projects at Dunkirk Grand Port Maritime in northern France. The Group has joined forces with Infinium, an expert in the field, to develop ‘Reuze’, a project designed to capture CO₂ emitted by ArcelorMittal's steel production facilities at the port. The CO₂ will then be combined with green hydrogen produced by a 400 MW electrolyser installed by ENGIE and turned into synthetic fuels to decarbonise the air and sea transport sectors.
Also in Dunkirk, ENGIE is one of about ten international industry partners involved in the C2FUEL consortium. The consortium's aim is to develop, on an industrial scale, competitive technologies to capture CO₂ and convert it into synthetic fuels. Again, the captured CO₂ comes from the ArcelorMittal plant.
At the end of last year, ENGIE approached CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, with a view to combining the two groups' research and development expertise. The aim of this strategic industrial partnership is to champion the industrial-scale production and distribution of synthetic methane and BioLNG to decarbonise the shipping sector. An initial project to produce liquefied biomethane is already underway at the Port of Marseille. Other projects harnessing a number of other technologies, including pyro-gasification and methanation using green hydrogen and captured CO₂, are currently in the study phase.
ENGIE has joined aeronautics group Safran to invest in the German startup Ineratec. The company specialises in the production of carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, including e-methane, e-diesel and e-kerosene. The innovative startup has already rolled out a dozen production modules, including one for sustainable aviation fuel. Ultimately, Ineratec hopes to open a factory in Frankfurt, aiming for a production capacity of 3,500 tonnes of synthetic aviation fuel a year. Through their investment, ENGIE and Safran are actively contributing to the development of carbon-free fuels for the heavy transport sector. 
ENGIE joined forces with Carmeuse, a manufacturer of lime, and the engineering firm John Cockerill for an innovative project in Wallonia. The concept behind the project involves collecting CO₂ from a lime kiln and combining it with green hydrogen to produce e-methane, a gas that can then be injected in the grid or used in transport or industry. The project, which uses a 100 MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, is currently the largest of its kind in the world. It could avoid some 900,000 tonnes of CO₂ being emitted in the next ten years. A highly inspiring project for the heavy mobility sector.
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