Spain-headed green energy company Greenalia SA and German power-to-X development firm P2X-Europe GmbH & Co. KG (P2X-Europe) have signed an agreement that lay the foundations for the implementation of Project Breogán, a sustainable electro-fuels (eFuel) production plant for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
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P2X-Europe is a joint venture of German energy infrastructure engineer H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA (H&R) and compatriot independent energy company Mabanaft Gmbh & Co. KG.
The agreement with Greenalia includes as its main objective the development of an ambitious and innovative facility, planned at the Curtis-Teixeiro industrial area, for the generation of synthetic hydrocarbons, which will serve as raw material for conversion into sustainable fuels and chemical base materials.
The products are essentially aimed at aviation and the development of high-value waxes for the chemical industry.
The facility will be supplied with green hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources – wind and solar – and biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) obtained directly from Greenalia’s bioenergy plant in Curtis-Teixeiro.
Plans for 20 000 tpa of eFuels
Project Breogán estimates a production capacity of over 11 000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year in its initial phase, a figure that, together with the capture of biogenic CO2, could produce around 20 000 tonnes of synthetic hydrocarbons ready to be refined into eFuels and synthetic chemical products.
This project approaches the process from a circular, global, sustainable, and innovative perspective. Under a single initiative and thanks to this alliance, we will be able to develop all the phases, so we can say that this is a pioneering action at the European level, said Manuel García, CEO of Greenalia.
García also highlighted the contribution of this project to the global decarbonization process, given that “one of the greatest challenges we face is the replacement of the fuels used in aviation with synthetic fuels, a challenge for which the collaboration of companies and administrations is needed, given the innovative nature of these projects”.
The strategic partnership enables P2X-Europe’s parent companies H&R Group and Mabanaft to ramp up market supplies to the chemical sector and non-fossil, green jet fuel for the aviation industry said Detlev Woesten, Co-CEO of P2X-Europe and Chief Sustainability Officer at H&R.
Also, the project is tapping into the extensive know-how of P2X-Europe, a global pioneer in PtL (Power-to-Liquids) project development and technology configuration, and its parent companies’ reference projects.
Ideal location for Project Breogán
Dr Christoph Weber, Co-CEO of P2X-Europe also underlines that the Galicia region in Spain is uniquely positioned to start producing green hydrogen and its PtL derivatives at scale.
The region has everything it takes to become one of the most competitive and efficient places in Europe for green hydrogen and synthetic hydrocarbon production. Guaranteed feedstock supply, sufficient renewable power generation and production capacity, a substantial industrial base, and world-class port and logistics infrastructure make Curtis-Teixeiro a privileged location for the development of a large-scale PtL project. Through Project Breogán, P2X and GRN will strengthen their commitment to the region of Galicia. Already being a leader in renewable energy production, Galicia now has the potential to also become a leader in the production of green molecules such as green hydrogen and synthetic fuels from renewable sources. Breogán will boost Galicia’s ambition to lead the energy transition, Dr Christoph Weber said.
The directors of both companies have highlighted the opportunity for Galicia, with an optimal situation for the development of projects such as this one, due to its port infrastructures, research centres, and industry, in addition to its high-water capacity and the high potential for renewable energies.