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Audi successfully produces first batch of synthetic fuel

Audi successfully produces first batch of synthetic fuel image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Audi | posted May 22, 2015 12:07

Automaker calls for eventual phaseout of fossil fuels

In their current development of sustainable energy, Audi AG, in cooperation with Global Bioenergies, has successfully produced their first batch of e-Benzine.

The automaker claims that no petroleum was used in the making of the synthetic fuel, as well as sulfur and benzine. Because it doesn't use any of the said materials usually needed for making gasoline, Audi says e-Benzine burns much cleaner, produces less carbon emissions and is rated at 100 RON octane. As a result of the high octane, the company says new engines will be able to run high compression ratios which, in return, maximizes efficiency.

Audi will begin testing their synthetic fuel in their research labs and test engines. Audi and Global Bioenergies' meduim term goal is to produce the fuels without the need of biomass. The partners would make these fuels with just water, hydrogen, CO2 and sunlight. The companies are currently doing ore research on e-Ethanol and e-Diesel as well.

Audi is investing a lot on this development on fuel. The company is already producing larger quantities of synthetic methane on an industrial scale for its customers. “Global Bioenergies has demonstrated the viability of the Audi e-benzin production process. That is a big step in our Audi e-fuels strategy.” said Reiner Mangold, Head of Sustainable Product Development Audi AG.

Audi's partner, Global Bioenergies, is currently building a demonstration plant at the Fraunhofer Center that will begin producing larger quantities in 2016.