Conversion process for converting electrical energy (power) into liquid chemical energy (liquid), or power-to-liquid for short

The power-to-liquid process technology represents an innovative conversion of electrical energy into liquid chemical energy carriers. This transformation makes it possible to convert electrical energy – generated from renewable sources such as wind or solar energy, the availability of which can fluctuate greatly – into a more stable and more easily manageable form. The liquids produced using this technology vary depending on the synthesis process used and include a variety of chemical base materials, such as methanol, propylene or ethylene. It is also possible to use this technology to synthesize liquid fuels such as petrol, diesel or kerosene.

In order for the products generated by PtL to be classified as renewable energy sources, it is crucial that the raw materials used come exclusively from renewable sources. The storage of these renewable energies is becoming increasingly important as it can compensate for fluctuations in the availability of wind and solar energy. The power-to-liquid process offers an effective solution here by converting renewable energy into a chemical form that is not only easier to store and transport, but can also be made available over long periods of time if required.

Power-to-liquid production paths

The implementation of power-to-liquid (PtL) technologies plays a crucial role in energy security and the transition to a more sustainable energy supply, which is closely linked to AlphaSYNT’s vision. This technology makes it possible to use surplus energy to build up a stock of synthetic energy sources that can be used at times of low production.

The synthetic fuels produced by the PtL process, which replace fossil sources, not only contribute to the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of renewable energy sources, but are also essential for stabilizing the electricity grid.

PtL processes are therefore an indispensable part of the ongoing transformation of the global energy infrastructure. They enable the efficient storage and use of renewable energies, thereby promoting both security of supply and sustainability in the energy sector.

Sustainable use of available resources

Reduction of fossil fuels
CO2 emissions through substitution of fossil fuels

Increasing the security of supply

The AlphaSYNT products were developed in close cooperation with the Paul Scherrer Institute. Find out more here.

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