Cars powered by gasoline are slowly on their way out, but it will still be years before we see a complete changeover to alternative fueling methods. While we wait for that day to come, a clean tech company in Dresden, Germany has been busy developing what it believes can be a cleaner way to produce the necessary fuel.
Sunfire GmbH unveiled their new method of using water and carbon dioxide to produce synthetic petrol, diesel and kerosene in a process they are calling “Power-to-Liquid”.
By combining the Fischer-Tropsch process, which is a chemical reaction process developed in 1925 that performs the transformation, and solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOECs) that produce gas forms of hydrogen and oxygen, Sunfire is on track to produce a highly efficient form of fuel.
At the moment the process is for demonstration purposes only as there is a lot of regulatory roadblocks to deal with. Sunfire CTO Christian von Olshausen explained that while they have proven their rig is feasible, “it is now a matter of regulatory factors falling into place in a way which gives investors a sufficient level of planning reliability. Once that has occurred it will be possible to commence the step-by-step substitution of fossil fuels. If we want to achieve fuel autonomy in the long term, we need to get started today.”