Overview & Benefits
Around the world, governments and industries are accelerating their efforts as they strive for “carbon neutral”. To reach this goal, decarbonizing the transportation sector is crucial, as it accounts for 25% of all Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Already, ambitious legislation and incentives to deal with this challenge are in place in several regions, most notably in Europe where targets are set for producing renewable fuels with some specific sub mandates for Electrofuel’s (e-Fuels).
Floating offshore wind offers a fantastic opportunity to harness renewable energy at scale that can be used to power large scale e-Fuel production plants. The product is a fuel molecule, that can be used to power transport for decades to come. The e-Fuel product is locally produced, from a reliable and secure resource (wind & water).
As global industry strives to decarbonise, another sector aiming to achieve the same, is the aviation sector.
As the aviation industry seeks and develops ways to decarbonize, it presents an opportunity to produce a drop-in jet fuel made from renewable electricity. Floating offshore wind offers a fantastic opportunity to harness renewable energy at scale that can be used to power large scale electrofuel (e-Fuel) production plants.
These production plants use the green electricity to combine water and carbon dioxide to produce e-Jet fuel by using mature gas to liquid (GtL) technology. The product is a sustainable kerosene molecule that can be used to power the aviation industry. e-Jet fuel is locally produced from a reliable and secure resource (wind and water).
The concept of integrating large scale floating offshore wind farms with large onshore e-Fuel production facilities offer many advantages. A portion of the renewable energy generated offshore can be connected to the domestic electricity grid but most of the energy will be consumed in e-Jet production. As wind energy production varies, the e-Jet production or the electricity feed to the electrical grid can be varied to optimize returns and minimize curtailment.
The resultant e-Jet fuel will be an energy dense product that can be stored and transported efficiently in large volumes and re-uses existing jet fuel storage and distribution infrastructure.