Norway will produce jet fuel from green hydrogen and CO2.

Norsk e-Fuel designs in Herøya, the first commercial plant in Europe for the production of renewable aviation fuel.

Green hydrogen is taking off thanks to Norsk e-Fuel, a new industrial consortium created with the aim of reducing the climate burden on aviation.

The group announced the construction in Herøya, Norway, of the Europe’s first commercial plant for the production of “renewable” aviation fuel, a characteristic guaranteed by the raw materials used: hydrogen, generated from water and clean energy, and CO2 captured directly from the atmosphere.

Installation will enter service in 2023 with a production capacity of 10 million liters of aviation fuel per year. But Norsk e-Fuel’s intention is to triple that number in just three years, reaching up to 100 million liters per year in 2026. The project brought together the skills and knowledge of 4 different realities, including Climeworks, a company active in the field of CO2 capture and reuse, and Norsk Vind, Norway’s largest private wind energy developer.

We are proud to have the best players in the industry, including Norwegian business partners, on our side to implement this important initiative. Together, we have the necessary entrepreneurial strength and the most advanced and efficient technologies to convert Norway’s vast wind and hydroelectric resources into renewable fuels.

Karl Hauptmeier, Managing Director of e-Fuel at Norsk.

Today, European transport is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Electric propulsion is gradually taking hold, but for some sectors, such as the aviation industry, electrification is not a viable option in the short term.

Switching to renewable jet fuel could be a good transition strategy. According to the consortium’s calculations, the Herøya plant has already could save 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.

How is renewable aviation fuel produced?

Using a one-step co-electrolysis process, Power-to-Liquid (PtL) technology breaks down water molecules and adds atmospheric CO2 to the resulting hydrogen to produce syngas. The blend is transformed and refined into certified aviation fuel. And the end product can be used directly in existing aircraft and infrastructure.

To put this into perspective, an industrial-scale plant will already provide enough blended renewable fuel for Norway’s top five national air routes (Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Bergen, Oslo-Stavanger, Oslo-Tromso and Oslo-Bodo). This would effectively reduce current emissions from flights between these cities by about 50%.

Lars Helge Helvig, Founder of Valinor and Chairman of Norsk Vind.

The facility will be built in the Herøya industrial park, but the consortium has already identified other locations to replicate the project.

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