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Technology and transportation – The first e-fuel pilot station is being built in Frankfurt

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The e-fuel pilot plant units are being manufactured at Ineratec in Karlsruhe. Photo: Union of Authors/Ineratec

Ineratec in Karlsruhe has begun building its first large-scale industrial power-to-liquid (PtL) plant in Frankfurt. From 2024, up to 2,500 tons of sustainable e-fuel will be produced annually in the Höchst region.

Supported by the Environmental Innovation Programme, Ineratec is investing more than 30 million euros in the plant where liquid hydrocarbons, or so-called e-fuels, are produced from green carbon dioxide and hydrogen raw materials. Industriepark Höchst offers ideal production conditions due to the existing infrastructure and biogas plant from Infraserv Höchst. “As a company we have recognized that Power-to-X technologies should be used in the global good places that provide ideal conditions in the form of cheap renewable electricity,” says Ineratec CEO Tim Böltken. in the development of sustainable e-fuel”.

The pilot plant is the first large-scale industrial project for PtL in Germany. The system modules have been manufactured in Karlsruhe since the summer of 2022 and will be gradually integrated on site over the coming months. Commissioning is scheduled to begin at the end of the year, and the start of production for the entire system is scheduled for 2024. More systems are planned. (AWM)

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