Commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel

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Norsk e-Fuel is planning Europe’s first commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel in Norway

  • Leading industry consortium joins forces to make unlimited renewable fuel a reality to achieve climate-neutral transportation
  • Norsk e-fuel is generating renewable fuels from CO2 & water using 100% renewable electricity
  • Located in Herøya, Porsgrunn the output of the first plant will provide enough to cut CO2 emissions of the top five domestic aviation routes in Norway in half

Oslo/Dresden/Zurich/Luxembourg/Stavanger – Norsk e-Fuel AS, the new European industry consortium headquartered in Oslo, has announced to industrialize Power-to-Liquid technology (PtL) in Norway for the European Market.

The new state-of-the-art project will allow the conversion of Norway’s extensive renewable electricity resources into renewable fuels.

The joint venture making the industrial production of renewable fuels possible is composed of four partners: Sunfire GmbH, the world’s leading PtL-technology provider; Climeworks AG, the pioneer in CO2 air capture technology; Paul Wurth SA (SMS group), a leading international EPC company for steel manufacturers and the green investment company Valinor, parent company of Norsk Vind, the largest private wind power developer in Norway.

“We are proud to have the best industry players including our Norwegian business partners on our side to realize this important project” said Norsk e-Fuel General Manager, Karl Hauptmeier. “Together, we combine the necessary corporate strengthwith the most advanced and efficient technologies to convert Norway’s extensive resources of wind- and hydropower into renewable fuels.”

At present, the European transport sector is still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Especially for hard-toelectrify sectors such as the aviation industry, this new project holds the promise for a radical change towards climate-neutral transportation. Using a single step co-electrolysis process, the innovative technologies of Sunfire and Climeworks convert renewable electricity, water and CO2 captured from ambient air and unavoidable CO2 sources into syngas.

Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The certified end products can be used directly in existing infrastructures. “The potential for this project is staggering. Norsk e-fuel makes the supply of renewable fuel possible on a scale that is larger than has ever been achieved before – something that is crucial if we are to make global transportation truly sustainable. We are glad to contribute our direct air capture technology and know-how to help create renewable crude together with our partners.”, adds Climeworks co-founder and co-CEO Christoph Gebald.

The first plant with a production capacity of 10 million liters annually will go into operation in 2023. This plant will be upscaled 10-fold to produce 100 million liters of renewable fuel before 2026. The Herøya plant will then save 250 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from industries such as the aviation industry every year.

The upscaled, industrial sized plant will then serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project. “To put this in perspective, only one industrial scale plant will already provide enough blended renewable fuel for the top five domestic aviation routes in Norway combined (Oslo-Trondheim, OsloBergen, Oslo-Stavanger, Oslo-Tromso and Oslo-Bodo). This would effectively cut the current flight emissions between these cities by about 50 %.” explains Lars Helge Helvig, Founder of Valinor and Chairman of Norsk Vind.

The planning of the first plant to be located at Herøya Industry Park in Porsgrunn is already well underway. In addition to its vital infrastructure, the location in Herøya offers sufficient space for the planned upscaling. Other locations for the following nationwide roll out have already been identified.

Besides of generating a large number of jobs both locally and nationally, the Norsk e-Fuel initiative will be a catalyst for the creation of a new clean energy business sector in Norway. “Climate change and rising costs for CO2 emissions result in a growing market for renewable solutions.

This new project holds broad possibilities for Norway and Europe, offering the key to a deeper decarbonisation than has ever been possible before. The energy transition is already progressing quickly in consumer facing sectors – it is time for the industry to step up and bring technologies to scale to decarbonize the sectors that power our societies behind the scenes.” says Georges Rassel, CEO of Paul Wurth.

Source: Norsk e-Fuel

TOTAL AND GAUSSIN DEVELOPING WORLD’S 1ST FULL ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT REFUELLER TRANSPORTER

Paris / Héricourt  Gaussin and Total are jointly developing the world’s first full electric ART FULL ELEC® (Aircraft Refueller Transporter). Planned for the Airbus industrial site in Toulouse, this prototype will be capable of towing two fuel tankers, with a fuel capacity of 30 tons each. Delivery is expected at the end of 2020.

This partnership between Gaussin and Total will be drawing on the 40 years of know-how of Saft (a subsidiary of Total) in designing and producing batteries for electric & hybrid commercial and industrial vehicles. Saft will provide the lithium-ion batteries for this future fleet. The batteries will be entirely developed and manufactured at Saft’s facilities in Nersac and Bordeaux in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France.

This first firm order will enable Gaussin to expand its offering on the electric vehicles market and Total to provide a solution adapted to the refueling business. It also paves the way for the development of a fleet of innovative vehicles, specifically dedicated to aviation.

With this development, Total illustrates its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint on the airport platforms it supplies and operates, alongside its customers and partners. Together with society, Total shares the ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 for all of its activities, from its production to the use of the energy products sold to its customers.

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Electric Aircraft Refueller Transporter , equipped with two 30 tons fuel tanks (artist rendering – courtesy of Gaussin)

Source: Total

VoltAero – Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft

VoltAero - Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft

VoltAero opens a new era in electric aviation with the unveiling of its production-version Cassio hybrid-electric aircraft

May 6, 2020

Médis, France – VoltAero today revealed the production configuration for its Cassio aircraft, which will revolutionize general aviation with a highly efficient, safe and optimized family of airplanes powered by the company’s hybrid-electric power module.

Cassio utilizes VoltAero’s hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage “pusher” configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance internal combustion engine that serves as the range extender. The powertrain currently is being validated on VoltAero’s Cassio 1 flight test aircraft, ensuring a high level of maturity for certification and production.

“The Cassio production design’s unveiling represents the latest step in our realistic and highly pragmatic creation of an all-new aircraft family,” said Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO and Chief Technical Officer. “It benefits from our team’s unmatched experience in hybrid-electric aviation, as well as the ongoing full-scale flight testing that removes the risk as we move toward the production phase.”

VoltAero’s proprietary Cassio design is based on a sleek, aerodynamically-optimized fuselage, a forward fixed canard, and an aft-set wing with twin booms that support a high-set horizontal tail.

Cassio will be offered in three versions, each sharing a high degree of modularity and commonality:

  • Cassio 330, a four-seat configuration with propulsion from a combined hybrid-electric power of 330 kilowatts;
  • Cassio 480, configured with six seats and a hybrid-electric propulsion power of 480 kilowatts;
  • Cassio 600, with a 10-seat capacity and hybrid-electric propulsion power of 600 kilowatts.

Cassio aircraft will be produced at a purpose-built final assembly line in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of southwest France, with VoltAero leading a world-class team of partners and suppliers. Licensed production opportunities will be pursued in North America and Asia.

Initial deliveries are targeted for the end of 2022, beginning with the four-seat Cassio 330 version.

The Cassio family of airplanes is tailored for operation by private owners, air taxi/charter companies, in commercial flights for point-to-point regional travel, and in various utility-category applications. Cassio will be certified to Europe’s EASA CS23 certification specification as a single-engine, general aviation category aircraft.

Performance
  • Autonomy: 3.5 hours (extension possible to 5 hours)
  • Range: 800 miles
  • Cruise speed: 200 knots
  • Take-off/landing distance: less than 1,800 feet
  • Maximum takeoff weight: Under 2.5 metric tons (EASA CS23 certification)
  • Availability: 10 hours/day (equivalent to approximately eight rotations daily)

About VoltAero

VoltAero is taking electric aircraft to an entirely new level. Benefitting from 50-plus years of combined pioneering expertise, VoltAero is developing a truly unique general aviation airplane family, Cassio, for safe, quiet, efficient and eco-friendly flight in hybrid-electric and electric modes. A flight demonstrator, along with a ground-based “iron bird” system test rig and a powertrain test bench, are validating the Cassio configurations, de-risking them for airworthiness certification and the subsequent application on new-production airplanes.

Source: VoltAero

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