Haru Oni plant in Chile
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Haru Oni: eFuel plant of the future

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Drive industry decarbonization
Transform conventional power

Together with our partners, here in Patagonia, Chile, we have built the world’s first integrated, industrial-scale plant for synthetic climate-neutral fuels. Step-by-step, our team will continue to explore the future of eFuels from wind and water. So, the question is, where next?

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e-Fuel from wind and water becomes reality

In Chilean Patagonia, a team with members from different companies – owner HIF, co-founders Porsche and Enel, ExxonMobil, Enap, and others – came together to tackle something that’s never been done before. Electricians, mechanical engineers, project managers and many more explorers with a “can-do” mindset are working at the very outer reaches of what’s known to explore uncharted territories in an effort to drive the energy transition. The Haru Oni hydrogen plant is their joint flagship project.

Experts for each technology step are needed, from wind power, electrolysis, methanol synthesis, to groundworks and construction of buildings. What unites this diverse team from various countries is their enthusiasm for a clean energy world via eFuel – and their hunger to move to the next step: the large-scale plant.

Siemens Energy at Haru Ori: Exploring the routes to decarbonization

The Haru Oni hydrogen plant is fully operating: producing eFuel from wind and water. Still, our team wants to achieve more: How can we improve efficiency? How can we unlock the full potential of green hydrogen for decarbonize society? Does Haru Oni have a future beyond eFuels? We don’t know all the answers yet, but, every day, in every way, we’re moving forward. Step by step, we will get there.

 

Haru Oni: One location, many possibilities to explore

The Haru Oni project demonstrates a broad spectrum of innovative, climate-relevant technologies, and the potential of our team at one location.

Synthetic fuel is produced from water, wind energy and biogenic CO₂. It is a liquid energy carrier that creates about 90% less CO₂ emissions than the fossil counterpart. In case of eGasoline, it is simultaneously compatible with existing liquid fuel infrastructure.

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Efficiency depends on geography

When it comes to efficiency in renewable power generation, location matters. Wind turbines in places with stronger winds, like the southern parts of Chile, operate much more efficiently. For example, 2 wind turbines at Haru Oni can create the same amount of eFuel as roughly 6 wind turbines in Germany.

It’s not the end of the road for petrol cars ...

... yet. Switching the global fleet of petrol cars to electric would leave a massive carbon footprint – and it wouldn’t happen overnight. So even though the number of new electric cars is growing significantly, there is still a large fleet of older cars that need to be fueled with gasoline.

The have's and have-not's of natural resources

Thanks to an abundance of sun or wind, some regions can produce more power than they need locally. Whereas other regions, like in Europe, are hungry for more energy but simply don’t have the available space and resources to produce enough renewable power. 

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It’s important to keep in mind that hydrogen based eFuels are part of a much bigger energy transition picture and shouldn’t be considered in isolation. It could be an opportunity for fossil fuel exporters to help diversify their economies and develop new export industries.

Clara Bowman

COO HIF Global

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Our involvement in the world’s first commercial, integrated eFuels 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

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.

Owner and lead developer Haru Oni pilot project

Co-founder and offtake of the fuel

R&D and product development of liquified gas (eLG)

Provider of the methanol synthesis technology 

Support and funding

Co-founder, focus on wind power and electrolysis

Contributor of MTG technology

Infrastructure, logistics, and service provider

Supplier and system integrator wind energy through electrolysis to production of fuel