While Germany continues to exhaust ways to guarantee the use of ’emissions free’ fuels against the European Union, the Volkswagen Group through Porsche remains immersed in the development of this technology. The brand itself recently spoke about this, revealing several important aspects, as well as interviewing the head of the Chilean plant Haru Oni, which is the factory in charge of carrying out the pilot test before moving to a larger production scale. .
The interview left several very striking statements, such as that, according to Marcelo Daller, Head of Plant Operations, Synthetic Fuels could be mass-produced by 2027 with the start-up of two new factories located in Australia and the United States.
Porsche was also clear on one issue: using synthetic fuels means the engines continue to emit CO2 into the atmosphere. The key lies in the fact that this C02 emitted was previously compensated during the production of the fuel, since to produce it it is necessary to extract CO2 from the atmosphere, so that the gas that is emitted after burning has been neutralized in its Production.
In summary, to produce this gasoline artificial an inverse method is used for that of a fuel cell, where the combination of hydrogen and oxygen produces electricity and water. Here it is the other way around, with electricity obtained in a clean way, we proceed to separate the hydrogen and oxygen that the water contains.
Diesel can also be ‘saved’
With these cards on the table, Porsche points out that all the transport and supply infrastructure that already exists for gasoline can be used for synthetic fuels in the future. However, there is one fact that cannot be ignored. Although diesel-powered cars are currently in a situation of complete freefall in the commercial environment, the private fleet is largely composed of diesel-powered cars, while in the transport sector it is the usual trend.
More specifically, and focusing only on Spain, approximately and60% of our country’s mobile fleet is led by diesel vehicles. Cars that will continue circulating and emitting gases into the atmosphere for the next few decades until they reach the end of their useful life.
Daller, however, gave a very important clue about the future of diesel engines: they can be saved thanks to the use of synthetic fuels and, although diesel is not produced in Haru Oni, he admits that it is possible: “Here they won’t make diesel, but they could. The technology exists for that.”
Given the commercial status of diesel-powered cars, it seems downright complicated that passenger cars powered by this type of engine continue to be sold well beyond 2030, but in terms of trucks and light commercial vehicles, the trend may be different. In any case, for those who have just bought a car of this type or intend to extend the use of what they already have until the next decade, Porsche may have their salvation if the brand puts this method into practice also with synthetic diesel. However, they will continue to be seen presumably limited in low emission areas.