Finnish companies join forces on ambitious E-fuel project

The electrofuel (E-fuel) production project, which uses sustainable electricity and sequestered carbon dioxide, has received a funding injection of €3.3 million from Business Finland.

Coordinated by VTT, the E-fuel research project is connected with the Neste Veturi Ecosystem. The development work is also supported by a group of companies of which some have their own parallel Business Finland funded projects. Altogether €EUR 6 million is invested in the development of the production of fuels in Finland.

The production of e-fuels is often referred to as power-to-liquids (PtL) or power-to-X (PtX), and the market for electrolysis technology, which is a key to the production of synthetic fuels, is expected to grow more than 20-fold in the coming five years.

The two-year E-fuel research project aims at developing integration of hydrogen production through high-temperature electrolysis using a solid oxide electrolyser cell (SOEC) with carbon dioxide sequestration and Fischer-Tropsch fuel synthesis.

‘The E-fuel project is a continuation of VTT’s persevering work in developing together with our partners clean transportation fuel solutions and technologies for the utilisation of carbon dioxide and electricity in the production of chemical products such as fuels and chemicals,’ commented VTT Research Professor Juha Lehtonen.

Company partners who have their own research projects include Andritz, Convion, Elcogen and Neste. Neste’s project is linked with the Veturi Ecosystem for new solutions for reducing the use of crude oil.

‘The E-fuel project is the first collaboration project linked with Neste’s Veturi research programme. In this programme, Neste is developing new, globally scalable solutions to reduce the use of crude oil in the production of transport fuels and chemicals, and thereby to mitigate climate change. Commercialising these technologies requires long-term research as well as the creation of new value chains together with partners,’ said Outi Ervasti, Vice President, Renewable Hydrogen and PtX at Neste.

Other company partners in the E-fuel research project are AW-Energy, Helen, Carbon ReUse Finland, Kleener Power Solutions, Agco Power, ESL Shipping, Meriaura Group, ABB, and Ineratec. The consortium covers all parties in the value chain from sequestration of gases to electricity and fuel production, logistics, as well as users of the transport fuels in off-road and marine transport.

The E-Fuel project is part of the Green E2 ecosystem funded by Business Finland and administered by Clic Innovation. It is also linked into the Green Electrification 2035-Veturi programme initiated by ABB.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes