Norway to make renewable aviation fuel

11/06/2020 09:21 Renewable


A newly-established industry consortium today unveiled plans for the construction in Norway of Europe’s first commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel.

Oslo-headquartered Norsk e-Fuel AS is a group comprising Power-to-Liquid (PtL) specialist Sunfire GmbH, Zurich-based carbon capture expert Climeworks AG, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Paul Wurth SA and green investor Valinor, which owns Norway’s largest private wind power developer Norsk Vind.


Norsk e-Fuel will make use of Sunfire and Climeworks’ technologies to build plants that will convert into syngas renewable electricity, water and carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from ambient air and unavoidable CO2 sources. This syngas will be used for the production of renewable fuels through further processing and refining.


The first such facility is planned for construction at the Heroya Industry Park in Porsgrunn, with commissioning seen in 2023. It will have the capacity to produce 10 million litres of renewable fuel per year. There are plans to expand it to 100 million litres annually by 2026.


“To put this in perspective, only one industrial scale plant will already provide enough blended renewable fuel for the top five domestic aviation routes in Norway combined (Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Bergen, Oslo-Stavanger, Oslo-Tromso and Oslo-Bodo). This would effectively cut the current flight emissions between these cities by about 50%.” explains Lars Helge Helvig, Founder of Valinor and Chairman of Norsk Vind.


The consortium has also identified locations for a subsequent nationwide rollout.

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