GreenPower2Jet – PtL-Demonstration in Northern Germany

Although the so-called Power-to-Liquid (PtL) production pathway seems to be technologically feasible and is wanted for political reasons, not one demonstration plant for such power-based fuels or chemicals exists in Germany, nor in Europe. Nevertheless, such a plant is necessary to bring the concept to a higher TRL and prove the economic feasibility and environmental benefits of this specific pathway in the context of the German/European energy system. The different process-steps such as the electrolysis, the carbon capture, or the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis have been tested and developed in different applications yet they were never combined in a single plant at demonstration scale. Therefore, the proposed project aims to build and operate such a demonstration plant for the production of power-based Fischer-Tropsch products. It would be located in Northern Germany and the Syncrude would ideally be upgraded within an existing refinery to specification conform fuels such as diesel and Jet A-1. The final products would then be used in different fields of application such as aviation (from Hamburg Airport and an Airbus facility), heavy duty transportation, and marine applications in the port of Hamburg. To demonstrate the overall bandwidth of possible products, the light fraction is supposed to be used as feedstock for chemical production processes. Thereby, the overall provision and utilization chain of power-based fuels and chemicals would be realized at a significant scale, with 10.000 t/a of syncrude as design capacity.

To assess to what extent the intended goals can be achieved and which challenges still have to be solved for a large scale market introduction, the project is intended to be scientifically backed. Thereby technical, economic, environmental and administrative / regulatory barriers as well as challenges for the implementation of PtL products in the mobility sector and the chemical industry can be identified. As an overall result, a roadmap including recommendations for future action both for politicians and industry, for a necessary scaling and broad market implementation of PtL products shall be prepared.

Core partners (in alphabetical order): Airbus Operations GmbH, BP Europa SE , Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Technische Universität Hamburg, Wilhelm Hoyer GmbH & Co. KG

Associate partners (in alphabetical order): Deutsche Post DHL Group, easyJet, Flotte Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG, Flughafen Hamburg GmbH, GDH Transport und Containerlogistik GmbH