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VTT and Neste agree to build an integrated power-to-liquids (e-fuels) demonstration facility

27 Jun 2022

Finnish oil refining and marketing company Neste on Wednesday (22 June) said e-fuels offer a way to expand the carbon-neutral transport fuel pool beyond biomass-based renewable fuels to replace fossil fuels in existing internal combustion engines. 

The end product in the e-fuels segment is a transportation fuel suited for ships, aircraft, as well as heavy and light road vehicles, it states.

Following this, Neste said it has reached an agreement with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) on building an integrated Power-to-Liquids (e-fuels) demonstration facility at VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre, Espoo, for CO2 capture, green hydrogen and e-fuels production. 

The work has started by first modifications to the research infrastructure at VTT Bioruukki. During 2022 and early 2023, electrolysis, CO2 capture, and synthesis units located in sea containers will be connected to each other and VTT Bioruukki research infrastructure, said the firm. 

The E-fuel project pilot runs are expected to be completed during 2023. 

Establishing the infrastructure for Power-to-Liquids production contributes to the strengthening of co-operation between Neste and VTT in e-fuel production development from pilot to commercial scale.

“Neste as the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel refined from waste and residues sees Power-to-Liquids as a possible complementing technology for future sustainable fuel production,” said Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior Vice President Innovation at Neste.

“We need breakthrough innovations and continued focus on research and technology development in order to provide cost-efficient and value-creating solutions for the future.”

The technology demonstration will employ CO2 capture from flue gas, hydrogen production by highly efficient high-temperature electrolysis and fuel synthesis based on the Fischer-Tropsch technology. 

Both the CO2 capture and electrolysis solutions are provided by Finnish project partners, Kleener Power Solutions Oy and Carbonreuse Finland Oy as well as Convion Oy and Elcogen Oy, respectively. 

VTT will provide the fuel synthesis unit and technology and Neste carries out upgrading of the synthetic crude oil into fuel products fulfilling the specifications. Neste is expecting to see a successful integrated demonstration of technologies and to receive at least 300 kg of synthetic crude oil for synthetic fuel processing development.


Photo credit: Neste
Published: 27 June, 2022

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