The German energy supply is on track to be nearly CO2-neutral by 2050. But right now, green alternatives provide only about 20 percent of our energy demand. This is a huge challenge which we won’t be able to handle with energy savings and local eco-power alone. To achieve our climate goals, we need a variety of solutions – including Future Fuels:
Future Fuels are sustainably produced hydrogen and its downstream products, such as alternative liquid fuels produced from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) found in the atmosphere. This also includes renewable liquid energy based on bio-residues, organic waste, and algae. These synthetic e-fuels and advanced biofuels can gradually replace fossil fuels like gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and heating oil – for driving, flying and heating. The green molecules can also be used in a variety of ways as sustainable basic chemical products.
To achieve the long-term replacement of fossil fuels, we need to produce much more renewable energy – and explore all possibilities for ensuring a sustainable energy supply.
Future Fuels are produced from hydrogen based on wind-, solar-, or hydropower. The required carbon is also taken from the environment, either as CO2 directly from the air or from biomass – the same amount that is emitted when the fuels are used. The result is a climate-neutral carbon cycle during both production and use.Find out more
Energy storage and transport: Where and when sustainable energy is produced is often different from where and when it is used. For example, solar energy is produced in the summer, but needed for heating in the winter. Even in the future, regenerative energy will not be generated at exactly the place where it is required (e.g. in Central Europe). Instead, optimal locations around the world are being used for green power production (e.g. wind and solar energy on the coast of South America). The question is: How can electricity be transported as electrons over such long distances?
Future Fuels store the renewable electricity in green molecules. As liquid energy sources, they are much easier to transport – simply via the existing transport routes for oil and gas. Their high energy density makes them particularly suitable for the intermediate storage of large amounts of power or for transport over long distances.
Even if it involves conversion losses, it really makes sense to convert regeneratively generated electricity into liquid energy sources. This is the only way we can reliably provide the energy we need – any place, at any time.
Vehicles must also be able to drive longer distances or transport heavier loads with climate-neutral fuels. Contrary to Future Fuels, battery-electric solutions often cannot achieve this. Their energy density is too low, while the weight of the energy source becomes too great for daily transportation vehicles and routes. For example:
Smartphones, heating systems, cars: We use up a large amount of energy every day, and local sources can’t cover the high demand. Not even with climate-friendly alternatives. In 2019, for example, the green electricity generated in Germany provided just 10 percent of total energy. But there is an option: focus imports on climate-neutral energy.
Today, around 70 percent of fossil energy comes from abroad. Our plan is to import sustainable liquid power instead. In global energy partnerships, we use wind- and sun-rich locations around the world for profitable and cost-effective energy production. This lets partner countries benefit from a sustainable business model by developing production facilities and enjoying access to renewable energies.
Whether in cars, ships, or airplanes, modern mobility relies almost entirely on liquid fuels, as do a large number of our heating systems. A technological change with complete electrification in all these areas would result in high costs, not to mention the expensive reconstruction of an additional, area-wide infrastructure...
Future Fuels can use today's infrastructure and technology with minimal investments in a climate-friendly way – backwards compatible and future-oriented. This enables us to use eco-friendly energy faster and achieve our climate targets more easily.More proven knowledge on the topic
Along with sustainability, practicality and economy are key factors for new solutions. New technology must consider the requirements and possibilities of the individual before it can be broadly accepted.Read more here
Sustainable technologies not only have to meet high ecological standards; they also have to be affordable, reliable, and suitable for everyday life. This is exactly where Future Fuels can help make climate protection a successful joint project!Read more here
Future Fuels can change the world for good. But to do this, we have to be open to different solutions – we have to close the gap between energy demand and climate-neutral sources. Only then will we be able to successfully achieve our climate goals!
The production and use of Future Fuels lead to a closed carbon cycle in our energy supply.
Large amounts of renewable energy are easier to store and transport over long distances.
Produced in "win-win" energy partnerships at optimal locations worldwide, Future Fuels secure the import of regenerative energy.
Existing infrastructure and technology can be used in a climate-friendly way.
Future Fuels are practical and promote broad acceptance of the necessary changes for climate protection.
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