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Synthetic fuels as enablers of the energy transition

The Green Mobility Future Development Association has set itself the task of actively shapingthe opportunities and possibilities of a future-oriented change in the transport sector. The focus is on reducing CO2 emissions. Here we do not see an „either/or“ solution, but a „both/and“ solution. The reduction of greenhouse gases combined with environmental protection can only be successfully achieved through sustainable, technologically open and creative efforts. This certainly includes e-mobility. However, this technology cannot succeed on its own. Different concepts are needed that have to work together.

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synFuels can be transported everywhere in a climate-neutral way

The proof that this can be achieved in practice has long been provided by motor racing: This has been and still is a development factory going at full speed. Speed, durability and efficiency are extremely important, especially for racing engines.Some racing series have long been using sustainablesynthetic fuel (so-called e-Fuels). And the engines deliver.

While IndyCar and the Australian Supercars have been using environmentally friendly E85 fuel for more than a decade, Europe has some catching up to do.

The pioneer is the Porsche Supercup, which started with a biofuel in 2021 and will run on synthetic fuel from the Porsche pilot project in Patagonia in the future. If all motorsport teamsand racing series were to use sustainable alternative fuels, it would be a clear signal for civilian transport.

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synFuels against climate change
Nearly 50 million cars are on the road in Germany alone. It is assumed that 75 % of all cars will still be powered by combustion engines in 2030. And since only a really small percentagewill be electrically powered today and in the future, we need to have REAL alternatives at hand in order to achieve the climate targets.

Alternative sustainable fuels - until now propagated under the misleading term "e-fuels" - are a game changer and, in the medium term, the enabler on the way to the energy transition! If we want to preserve a world worth living in for future generations, we must avoid the mass use of crude oil. But this does not mean that we have to give up mobile freedom.
Energy efficiency is not the problem
Sustainable alternative fuels (synFuels) have been around for many years, it's just that no one has made it affordable for everyone yet. And these synthetic fuels work in the internal combustion engine. In principle, without any conversions. The big advantage of synthetic fuels: The range is long, refuelling is fast. They promise a future in which drivers can keep their habits and still drive in a climate-neutral way.

Synthetic fuels are produced from hydrogen and CO2, for example. When this fuel is burnt in the engine, only this CO2 is released again. The bottom line is that a car can drive in a climate-neutral way if the alternative to the fossil world was produced beforehand with clean electricity. synFuels are even extremely efficient when produced correctly.
There is enough energy for everyone, enough for all of humanity
The sun provides 1.5 trillion kilowatt hours of energy annually.
Generating this energy for just 1 hour would be enough to cover the energy needs of the entire world population for 1 year.

Renewable energies, namely solar energy and wind energy, are practically infinite. And the raw materials - sun and wind - are free. But in the future we will have to import them, just as today we import two-thirds of our energy needs from fossil fuels in the form of gas and oil.

In addition to sun and wind, used cooking oil, bio-waste and even plastic waste can be processed into fuel, some of which has so far only been disposed of or thermally recycled. For their further processing and refinement with hydrogen, wind and solar energy would then of course also be used in the ideal case. If in future oil plants are grown on degenerated African soils as a fuel base, they will bind tons of CO2 per hectare and turn depleted soils into arable land. Here, inexhaustible possibilities for climate-neutral energy production are available.
Collecting energy where the sun shines
The sun shines everywhere, but not everywhere with the same length and intensity. So we have to produce the energy where the efficiency is highest, e.g. in North Africa, the Middle East or South America.

A photovoltaic area of just 300 x 300 kilometres would be enough to cover the world's electricity needs, and 25 x 25 kilometres would be enough for Europe.
The amount of renewable energy depends on the location
The facts speak for themselves. An identical PV system produces more than twice as many kilowatt hours in North Africa as in Europe. More hours of sunshine, hardly any clouds and practically always nice weather are the understandable reasons for this.

But electricity is poorly suited for transport over long distances. If this energy is used for the production of synFuels, however, they can be transported worldwide in a CO2-neutral way without any problems, because when they are burned in engines, no more CO2 is released than was incorporated during production.
Giving up one-sided views
In the future, there will not only be one or the other solution. Holistic thinking and research is needed to answer the big question of energy production and supply in the 21st century.

Climate neutrality and thus the salvation of the planet is only possible if no more is blown out the back than is fed in at the front.

The path of coexistence of synthetic fuels and electromobility can be described as progressive and proactive environmental protection.

The systematically integrative approach incorporates all available technological means, takes bioeconomy into account and ensures a sustained stable economic performance.

/ Without synFuels, goals are not achievable!

eCars are an important component, but not the final answer to the unresolved questions.

A look at the figures shows why the climate targets will not be achieved without synthetic fuels: Even if all manufacturers build only e-cars from today, there will still be 30 million vehicles with combustion engines on the road in Germany in 2030. It would be sustainable if we could continue to use the existing infrastructure and vehicle stock to remain mobile without restrictions. Because scrapping them or exporting them to emerging countries is not a sustainable alternative.

Our development association focuses on liquid, sustainable and climate-neutral fuels. These could, if the promotion as well as the legal framework conditions according to European law are also implemented in Germany, be used in cars, motorbikes and ultimately also in the transport sector as well as in construction machinery, heating systems, aircraft and ships. Fuels that comply with the EN15940 fuel standard are already sold freely at petrolstations in many neighbouring European countries. In Germany, sales are only permitted to authorities, municipalities and in closed user circles. Each litre of sustainable liquid fuels saves between 20 and 90 percent of CO2 emissions compared to fuels made from fossil raw materials.

In this way, we are quickly in a position to achieve the climate targets that have been issued and can continue to research new possibilities in the meantime.

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The more we talk about it with others at work, in our clubs, in the family and with our neighbours, the more we present our arguments and facts, the better known our cause will become …

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