The “Haru Oni” project has started. This is how the start-up of a factory in Punta Arenas, Chile is known, in which it is wanted to manufacture practically neutral C02 fuel in its production thanks to a collaboration between Porsche, Siemens and the local company Highly Innovative Fuels, in addition from Enel, ExxonMobil, Gasco and ENAP.
This pioneering pilot plant in the world will produce around 130,000 liters of e-fuels during 2022, increasing the rate to about 55 million in 2024. In 2026 the normal rate is expected to be reached, with 550 million liters.
Porsche has been working on the idea of e-fuels for a long time and has made it known to us in successive presentations. Michael Steiner, member of the Board of Management of Porsche AG as responsible for Research and Development, is clear: “Our icon, the 911, is particularly suitable for the use of e-fuels. And so are our beloved historic vehicles, because approximately 70% of the Porsche cars made to date are still on the road around the world. “
Of the 130,000 liters of this alternative fuel that will be produced next year, a part will be used by sports cars participating in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races. An excellent way to test them, especially for use in street cars, as Steiner points out. Once again, competition is the best testing laboratory for a technology that can revolutionize the automotive industry.
How are e-fuels created?
To generate e-fuels, good gusts of wind are needed, precisely those that occur in the province of Magallanes, in southern Chile, since renewable wind energy is low cost. In a first phase, through electrolysis, the water is divided into oxygen and hydrogen using that wind energy. The CO2 is then filtered from the air and combined with hydrogen to produce synthetic methanol, which in turn becomes e-fuel. This last step is important so that the carbon dioxide is practically zero.
Chile has been the country of choice for its ambitious green energy source projects. In fact, in 2025, Chilean companies forecast an electrolyzer capacity of five gigawatts and 30 GW in 2030, making them one of the main producers of green hydrogen in the world.