“fuel of the future” made solely from water, carbon dioxide and
renewable sources. The synthetic “e-diesel” was made following a
commissioning phase of just four months at a plant in Dresden, Germany.
Dr Johanna Wanka, said she has already used the fuel in her Audi A8, and the
company hopes to produce at least 160 liters of the crystal clear fuel every
day in the coming months. “This synthetic diesel, made using CO2, is a
huge success for our sustainability research,” Wanka said. “If we can
make widespread use of CO2 as a raw material, we will make a crucial
contribution to climate protection and the efficient use of resources, and put
the fundamentals of the ‘green economy’ in place.”
sustainable transport, but the fact that it’s being backed by an automotive
giant is even more exciting. Audi has now set up a pilot plant in Dresden,
Germany, operated by clean tech company Sunfire, which will pump out 160 litres
of the synthetic diesel every day in the coming months.
is created using a three-step process. The first step involves harvesting
renewable energy from sources such as wind, solar and hydropower. They then use
this energy to split water into oxygen and pure hydrogen, using a process known
as reversible electrolysis.
which is created from carbon dioxide (CO2) that’s been harvested from the
atmosphere. The two react at high temperatures and under pressure, resulting in
the production of the long-chain hydrocarbon compounds that make up the blue
crude. Once it’s been refined, the resulting e-diesel can be mixed in with our
current diesel fuel, or used on its own to power cars in a more sustainable
way. This would make the fuel extremely competitive, and perfectly positioned
to make continuous travel available to everyone.