Karlsruhe-based company Ineratec has received six million euros in funding for the construction of a plant for the production of synthetic fuels, also known as e-fuels. The funding comes from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit), and will be used to further develop the technology used in the production of e-fuels.
Ineratec’s plant will use a process called power-to-liquid to produce e-fuels from renewable electricity and carbon dioxide. The process involves using renewable electricity to produce hydrogen, which is then combined with carbon dioxide to produce synthetic fuels that can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels.
E-fuels have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, as they can be used in existing vehicles without the need for expensive modifications. Ineratec’s plant is expected to have a production capacity of 1,000 liters of e-fuel per day.
Ineratec was founded in 2016 as a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and has since developed compact chemical reactors for the production of synthetic fuels. The company has already built several plants for the production of e-fuels, and has partnerships with several major companies in the energy and transportation sectors.
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