Ineratec, a German company specializing in chemical technologies, is breaking ground on the construction of an E-Fuel production plant in Frankfurt am Main. The project is being carried out in collaboration with partners such as Deutsche Lufthansa, Fraport AG, and the city of Frankfurt am Main, with the goal of producing synthetic aviation fuels from renewable energy sources. The associated plant modules have been manufactured in Karlsruhe since the summer of 2022 and will be gradually integrated into the facility in the following months.
The plant, which will have a capacity of around 2,500 tons per year, will be one of the largest E-Fuel production facilities in Europe. The synthetic fuels produced will be used by Lufthansa in Frankfurt am Main to power the company’s aircraft with renewable fuels. Lufthansa plans to use 100% renewable fuels for their fleet by 2030.
The production plant will be based on Power-to-Liquid (PtL) technology, which converts electricity from renewable sources into synthetic fuel, using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material that is extracted from the air. The plant will therefore contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as the fuel produced is CO2-neutral.
The E-Fuel production plant is part of the “Hessen Aviation” project, which aims to develop and implement sustainable concepts for the aviation industry. The project is funded by the state of Hesse and includes other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in aviation, such as the use of hydrogen as fuel.
Construction of the E-Fuel production plant began in March 2023 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The plant will play an important role in the development and implementation of sustainable concepts for the aviation industry, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Ineratec, founded in 2016, is a pioneer in the development of sustainable technologies and has conducted numerous projects in this field. Power-to-Liquid technology is one of the company’s core competencies and is already used in various applications, such as the production of synthetic methane and diesel fuels. The partnership with Deutsche Lufthansa, Fraport AG, and the city of Frankfurt am Main is an important step for Ineratec to advance the development and implementation of sustainable technologies in the aviation industry. The partnership will allow Ineratec to test and further develop their technologies on a large scale.
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