Porsche starts the industrial production of eFuels at the Haru Oni pilot plant

Barbara Frenkel and Michael Steiner at the grand opening of the eFuels pilot plant 'Haru Oni' in Chile

Porsche and international partners working with the Chilean operating company Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) have started the industrial production of synthetic fuels. In the presence of Chilean Energy Minister Diego Pardow, the ‘Haru Oni’ pilot plant in Punta Arenas (Chile) was officially opened today. Porsche Executive Board members Barbara Frenkel and Michael Steiner performed the ceremonial fuelling of a Porsche 911 with the first synthetic fuel produced at the site. eFuels made from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the nearly CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines.

A double e-path

“Porsche is committed to a double e-path: e-mobility and eFuels as complementary technology. Using eFuels reduces CO2 emissions. Looking at the entire traffic sector, the industrial production of synthetic fuels should keep being pushed forward worldwide. With the eFuels pilot plant, Porsche is playing a leading role in this development,” says Barbara Frenkel, Member of the Executive Board for Procurement at Porsche AG.

The Haru Oni eFuels pilot plant under construction in Punta Arenas, Chile.
The Haru Oni eFuels pilot plant under construction in Punta Arenas, Chile.

“The potential of eFuels is huge. There are currently more than 1.3 billion vehicles with combustion engines worldwide. Many of these will be on the roads for decades to come, and fuels offer the owners of existing cars a nearly carbon-neutral alternative. As the manufacturer of high-performance, efficient engines, Porsche has a wide range of know-how in the field of fuels,” adds Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Development and Research at Porsche AG.

In the pilot phase, eFuel production of around 130,000 liters per year is planned. Initially, the fuel is to be used in lighthouse projects such as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and at Porsche Experience Centers. After the pilot phase, the first scaling will take the project in Chile up to a projected 55 million liters per year by the middle of the decade. Around two years later the capacity is expected to be 550 million liters.

Ideal conditions in the south of Chile

The Haru Oni eFuels pilot plant in Punta Arenas in southern Chile

The south of Chile offers ideal conditions for the production of fuels, with the wind blowing for around 270 days a year and enabling the wind turbines to operate at full capacity. Punta Arenas is also located close to the Strait of Magellan. From the port of Cabo Negro, the synthetic fuel can be transported just like traditional fuels all over the world, and be distributed using the existing infrastructure.

Barbara Frenkel and Michael Steiner at the grand opening of the eFuels pilot plant in Chile
Barbara Frenkel and Michael Steiner at the grand opening of the eFuels pilot plant in Chile 

Porsche is working towards a CO2-neutral balance sheet across the entire value chain by 2030. This also includes a CO2-neutral usage phase for future all-electric models. Synthetic fuels supplement electromobility and are part of the sports car manufacturer’s sustainability strategy. Porsche has already invested over 100 million USD in the development and production of fuels. For example, the sports car manufacturer invested 75 million USD in HIF Global LLC in April 2022. This company plans, builds, and operates eFuel plants in Chile, USA, and Australia.

Edited Porsche Factory Press Release
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