Industry consortium Norsk e-Fuel is planning Europe’s first commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation in Norway.
Comprising Sunfire, Climeworks, Paul Wurth and Valinor, the new state-of-the-art project wil allow the conversion of Norway’s extensive renewable electricity resources into renewable fuels for the aviation sector.
To be located at Herøya Industry Park in Porsgrunn, the plant will have a production capacity of 10 million litres annually, and is expected to go into operation in 2023.
Norsk e-Fuel said this plant will be upscaled tenfold to produce 100 million litres of renewable fuel before 2026.
The Herøya plant will then save 250 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from industries such as the aviation industry every year.
The upscaled, industrial sized plant will then serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project.
“To put this in perspective, only one industrial scale plant will already provide enough blended renewable fuel for the top five domestic aviation routes in Norway combined (Oslo-Trondheim, Oslo-Bergen, Oslo-Stavanger, Oslo-Tromso and Oslo-Bodo),” explained Lars Helge Helvig, founder of Valinor and Chairman of Norsk Vind.
“This would effectively cut the current flight emissions between these cities by about 50%.”