Haru Oni: A new age of discovery

Exploring the future of fuel from wind and water. Together, in this weather-beaten landscape, they will build the world’s first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale hydrogen plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels.  
"Haru Oni is taking us into new territory. Step by step we are exploring the future. Beating a path towards decarbonization. For our planet, for society, for our qrand children."
Markus Speith, Siemens Energy project lead of Haru Oni
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The future of e-fuels starts right here

Latitude: -53° 09' 45.00" S Longitude: -70° 55' 21.00" W

Leading the world - for the world

Siemens Energy alongside several international companies led by HIF, is developing and implementing the world's first integrated and commercial large-scale plant to produce climate-neutral e-fuel.
The region is so proud to be at the center of this pioneering project. ln a way, the people here are at the vanguard of an expedition that will energize the rest of the world.
Cesar Norton, President of HIF

The future starts at the end of the Earth

Explorers never take the beaten path

They follow their curiosity beyond what is known. It's the same for our team of engineering explorers. Where many would see nothing but flat plains and wind-ruffled sheep, we saw potential.

 

The purpose of the Haru Oni project is to use Chile's strong winds in the Magallanes region to generate climate-neutral fuel. Due to the excellent wind conditions and the resulting low cost of electricity, Chile has very high potential for the production, export and local use of green hydrogen, compared in an international context. In addition, liquid fuel exports are the best way to take advantage of the wind energy readily available in the Magallanes region.

Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.
Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922), Antarctic explorer and Secretary of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Boldness has been here before

Patagonia played a vital part in the Antarctic expedition of famed explorer Ernest Shackleton. It was from here, in 1916, that he launched the courageous rescue mission to save his shipwrecked crew. As an example of ambition, leadership and determination, Shackleton takes some following. But a century later, that's what we've done.

Turning wind and water into hope

Synthetic fuels and optimism will soon be flowing from Haru Oni.

 

With its huge potential for wind-based energy production, it has been estimated that the Magallanes region could generate sevenfold the amount of electricity currently being produced by Chile's entire electricity matrix.

 

Many areas and their populations all over the world would profit by becoming players in an e-methanol economy – including desert areas with no resources producing green energy from biomass, wind-filled regions with little or no industrial development, and oil-exporting countries that are looking for new business opportunities.

Bringing green life to old cars

It's somehow ironic that a part of the world where there are very few roads is playing a huge role in keeping modern and classic sports cars on the road.

 

70% of all Porsches ever made are still in use, and Porsche sees synthetic fuel as a solution for keeping vintage cars going for decades to come. This is one of the reasons the automaker is investing in the Haru Oni project.

 

As the fuel’s primary user, Porsche is planning in the first phase to use the e-fuels from Chile in beacon projects. These include using e-fuels in Porsche’s motorsport fleet, at Porsche Experience Centers and, later, in series production sports cars. The sports car maker will start with an initial investment of roughly 20 million euros.

Our involvement in the world’s first commercial, integrated e-fuels plant supports the development of the alternative fuels of the future. By using them, we can make a further contribution toward protecting the climate.
Dr. Oliver Blume, CEO Porsche AG

Substantial benefits from thin air

The Haru Oni project demonstrates a broad spectrum of innovative, climate-relevant technologies at one location.

 

Synthetic fuel is produced from water, wind energy and CO2 captured from the air. It is a liquid energy carrier that emits about 90% less CO2 than the fossil counterpart. In case of e-gasoline, it is simultaneously compatible with existing liquid fuel infrastructure.

The plan for the future

Strong partner network

Transporting new renewable energy from regions with sun and wind in abundance to regions that are energy-hungry requires different expertise to be smartly combined.

 

 

What's next for expedition Haru Oni?

With the Haru Oni pilot plant, we are establishing our first outpost on the journey to decarbonizing the transport sector. This is just the beginning, but we have high hopes for this flat landscape.

 

In the pilot phase, e-methanol production will initially reach around 750,000 liters per year by 2022. Part of the e-methanol will be converted to e-gasoline (130,000 liters per year). A further two phases will increase capacity: first to 55 million liters of e-gasoline per year by 2024, and then to over 550 million liters per year by 2026. That's enough fuel for over one million people to drive their cars climate-neutral for nearly a year.