The days of internal combustion engines are getting numbered. With newer cars getting the assist of electric motors, the internal combustion is a dying breed. The internal combustion engine is a magical thing where fuel burns, witchcraft happens and the car makes noises. But what if there’s a substitute for the dino juice?

Porsche and Siemens Energy has partnered up with a lineup of international companies to develop and implement a pilot project in Chile that is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels or eFuels.

In the pilot phase, around 130,000 liters of eFuels will be produced as early as 2022. In two further phases, capacity is then to be increased to about 55 million liters of eFuels a year by 2024, and around 550 million liters of eFuels by 2026. Porsche will be the primary customer for the green fuel. Other partners in the project are the energy firm AME and the petroleum company ENAP from Chile and Italian energy company Enel.

The “Haru Oni” pilot project in Magallanes Province takes advantage of the excellent wind conditions in southern Chile to produce climate-neutral fuel with the aid of green wind power. As part of Germany’s national hydrogen strategy, to support the project Siemens Energy will get a grant of some 8 million euros from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the ministry announced today.

Siemens Energy serves as a system integrator to cover the entire value chain – from power generation using Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, to producing green hydrogen, to conversion into synthetic fuel.

As the fuel’s primary user, Porsche is planning as a first phase to use the eFuels from Chile in beacon projects. Those include using the eFuels in vehicles for Porsche motorsports, at the Porsche Experience Centers and perspectively also in serial production sports cars. The sports car maker will start with an initial investment of roughly 20 million euros (nearly RM100,000,000).

The result is renewable methanol, which can be converted into climate-friendly fuel using an MTG (Methanol To Gasoline) technology to be licensed and supported by ExxonMobil.

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