Session 4 - E-Fuels - 18th International Congress for Renewable Mobility "Fuels of the Future 2021" 18.-22.01.2021

Fuels from renewable electricity are coming to the fore as an option when addressing decarbonisation of existing fleets, making this a key topic at the 18th International Conference on Renewable Mobility from 18th to 22nd January 2021. 

The German and European mineral oil industry is ready and poised to help shape the transformation process by gradually moving away from fossil energy sources for fuels. This option is also a forward-oriented element from the perspective of economic policy. On the one hand, even if registration figures for electric cars reflect the politically expected success of comprehensively promoting e-mobility, over 30 million vehicles with combustion engines in Germany alone will remain a significant factor on the roads in 2030. On the other hand, new production technologies are being developed, fostering changes in the fuel mix in third countries too and at the same time offering scope for these fuels to be exported. This should significantly boost Germany’s position as a centre for technology, as the requisite solar and wind power plants could furthermore also be exported.

But how far have technology and concept development really progressed? Time pressure for climate change mitigation also determines the options chosen for greenhouse gas reduction. To date, sustainable and greenhouse-gas-optimised biofuels have served as the yardstick when it comes to contributing to cutting fuel-generated GHG. Does that mean that synergy effects must constitute the guiding principle for the reduction pathway? These questions are addressed in the conference session: “E-Fuels – Competitiveness of PtX Fuels Today and Tomorrow”

Four presentations will set the ball rolling for the discussion:

Comparative appraisal of Power-to-X processes for provision of fuels from renewable sources, Dr. Siegfried Bajohr, DVGW Research Centre at the Engler-Bunte Institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) 

The role of electrofuels in the decarbonisation of road transport, Dr. Ikka Hannula, VTT Technical Research Center of Finnland

Supply chains for e-fuels from abroad to Germany, Johannes Daum NOW GmbH, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

Biobased fuels and e-fuels - competition or synergy?, Dr. Ulf Neuling, Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Technology and Energy Economic

Moderation: Dr. Franziska Müller-Langer, German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)

The complete programme, information on registration and the exhibitor forum can be found at

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