How synthetic fuels offer a path to fuel sustainability


With climate change a constant presence across the Energy industry, the rise of synthetic fuels has become a promising alternative to reduce carbon in modern fuel. 

Whilst typically suited to specific energy industries, these ‘e-fuels’ are completely unique. In the simplest terms, synthetic fuels offer energy density, CO2 reduction and do not rely on fossil fuels for production. 

So how do synthetic fuels work?

Synthetic fuels utilise recycled water and CO2 to create hydrocarbons such as diesel. 

The entire production process eliminates the need for fossil fuels and is completely sustainable, as all CO2 is recycled. 

This differs from biofuels or fuel additives made from waste, as the carbon used to produce the fuel is continually captured and reused rather than being released into the atmosphere. 

As the production and testing of synthetic fuels continue to increase, energy leaders have suggested that this offers the way forward with the potential of starting a new and totally renewable fuel economy. 

Unlike some biofuels and fuel additives, synthetic fuels can be used in nearly all petrol and diesel engines without the need for significant changes.

Recent studies have shown that synthetic fuels are not only available for immediate use but can also be relied on to fuel large vessels such as modern aircrafts. 

The RAF (Royal Air Force) recently made history by conducting the first ever flight using only synthetic fuels and aim to produce enough synthetic fuel to run all RAF aircrafts by 2040. 

As governments across the world increase targets to reduce CO2, synthetic fuels will hopefully become more readily available in both commercial and domestic markets. 

Although the application of synthetic fuels will require some changes to infrastructure, manufacturers will continue to focus on production helping us on the path to sustainability.