Audi have recently been making advances with the development of their own sustainable diesel made from water and carbon monoxide, with the new synthetic fuel being made from hydrogen that has been extracted from water.
E-Fuels as Audi are referring to their new product as, is as near to carbon neutral as possible according to Audi sources, Audi also state that they intend to increase production over the coming years with a dedicated plant currently being considered for construction in the Swiss town of Laufenburg.
Running Audi cars on e-fuels that are almost completely carbon neutral would mean that in the future they could claim that new Audi cars would no longer be adding substantial amounts of carbon monoxide to the atmosphere, therefore making e-fuel far more friendly to the earths atmosphere.
How Does Audi Make Their E-Fuel
I am going to summarise here, so please bear with me those of you out there who are looking for in depth technical data, maybe this could be a future post here on Audi Blog, anyway here are the basics.
Audi split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis, releasing the latter into the atmosphere, at the same time retaining the hydrogen that they then add to carbon dioxide, that they draw directly from the earths atmosphere to create hydrocarbons.
which are then separated producing the synthetic diesel, along with other products such as waxes that can even be used in the food industry according to Audi.
Hydro Electric power is used during this process, also any excess heat created during this entire process could be re-routed to businesses and private homes to provide additional power.
Who Are Audi Partnered With For E-Fuel?
German-Swiss electricity producer and supplier Energiedienst along with German chemical reactor technology company Ineratec who are partnered with Audi for this project hope to have the factory started in 2018 with the first deliveries of Audi’s new e-fuel ready within the year and a planned 105,669 capacity of fuel per year.