Topsoe will deliver technology to HIF Global’s (HIF) planned eFuels facility in Texas. (Earlier post.) The plant will produce carbon-neutral fuel—enough to decarbonize more than 400,000 vehicles annually.
eFuels are produced by combining green hydrogen made from renewable power and recycled carbon dioxide. HIF’s facility in Texas will help remove 2 million tonnes of CO2 from the air every year.
Topsoe will deliver basic engineering and license for methanol synthesis and TIGAS gasoline synthesis technologies. Later in the project, Topsoe’s scope will be extended to supply methanol reactors and catalysts.
This is our first involvement in a commercial scale Power-to-X facility producing gasoline. Our technology will be used to directly convert renewable hydrogen and CO2 to methanol, which is further converted into plug-and-play gasoline. We are excited to showcase our capabilities in this field and apply the Topsoe methanol and TIGAS technology for eFuels.—Roeland Baan, CEO at Topsoe
The gasoline synthesis from methanol has been commercially proven in a 15000-bpd plant in Turkmenistan since 2019.
The HIF eFuels plant will be built in Matagorda County in Texas. It will produce 200 million gallons per year of a carbon-neutral gasoline that can be used in today’s cars and gas stations with no modifications required. The eGasoline produced will meet the strict California specifications for conventional gasoline.
The power requirement for the plant will be 2 GW, where 90% is consumed by electrolyzers for the green hydrogen production process. Start of construction is expected by 2023 and first production by 2026.
In April 2022, Porsche announced a US$75-million investment in HIF Global.