As it aims to accomplish a neutral CO2 equilibrium across its whole mobility chain, Audi will start series output of compressed gas models which will be powered by e-gas - that's synthetic methane produced through methanation of hydrogen created by electrolysis with renewable electrical energy - started in 2013 year.
The e-gas project will give attention to electric cars, fuel cell vehicles and compressed natural gas vehicles. It includes two major aspects: Audi will contribute to the building of offshore North Sea wind turbines to generate clean power that's fed to the public metered; and will create a brand new plant that may utilize the remaining green power to produce hydrogen by way of electrolysis.
Audi considers that the e-gas project can have how green power might be stored efficiently, regardless of location. When there are strong sea winds, the extra power suppliers could be become e-gas and stored in the largest accessible energy storage program and when required, this energy can flow back from the gas network and to the power company anytime.
Wind generators are the first element of the Audi e-gas project and throughout the project’s initial phase, four massive power plants is going to be developed at an offshore wind park within the North Sea. They are going to be with a rating of 3.6MW each and every can supply nearby 53 GWh of electricity annually. Situated from the coastline they binds wind 19mph averaging to generate around 40 % more power than onshore stations.
The second largest part of the project might be the e-gas plant that can generate both hydrogen and methane on an industrial scale. It will get in touch to some waste-biogas plant that supplies the concentrated CO2 that's important for methanation understanding that would certainly pollute the atmosphere. It will create around 1,000 metric of e-gas yearly and consume 2,800metric tons of CO2. Its electrolyser will run using green electricity.
One with the vehicles in the middle of the project may be the Audi A3 TCNG that could operate on e-gas. Whenever a driver refuels, the equivalent amount of renewable power required to create the e-gas is fed in to the grid.