Why is AIR TO FUELS™ technology important?
The transportation sector of 2050 will run on an energy mix unlike that of today. Low-carbon energy sources, renewable fuels, and innovative technologies are going to be required to power the transportation sector, preserve affordable mobility, and also make the deep emissions reductions targets agreed to in the COP21 Paris Accord and required to avoid climate risk.
CE’s AIR TO FUELS™ technology provides a tool to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector by recycling atmospheric CO₂ into liquid fuel and displacing crude oil. It gives an ability to harness low-carbon electricity such as solar PV, and material inputs of water and air, to generate fuels that are drop-in compatible with today’s infrastructure and engines.
This technology forms an important complement to electric vehicles in the quest to deliver carbon-neutral 21st century transportation. While short haul transportation is amenable to electrification, longer haul transport, as well as marine and air travel, require the high energy density of liquid fuels (liquid fuels like diesel have an energy density 30x greater than today’s best batteries). The AIR TO FUELS™ process offers a way to deliver these fuels, while avoiding the infrastructure turn-over of hydrogen fuel cells, and avoiding the land use and food security problems associated with biofuels.
What are the benefits of CE’s fuel?
This technology has several intrinsic advantages to offer in eliminating fossil carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector.