Headquartered in Houston, HIF USA will begin on the Gulf Coast, where wind resources and CO2 are both abundant.
HIF USA will use renewable energy from the wind and a process called electrolysis to produce green hydrogen. The project will also capture CO2 and use a process of synthesis to combine the CO2 and Hydrogen to produce eFuels. The eFuel will create a way for existing infrastructure to become carbon neutral by continuously reusing and recycling the CO2.
Today, eFuels are competitive with other low carbon fuels (biofuels). Until recently, the high cost of renewable energy and carbon capture meant that eFuels were viewed as an unrealistic decarbonization option. Renewable energy costs, however, have dropped by 70 – 90% over the past decade. As a result, large scale eFuel production facilities – all located in areas with the world’s best renewable energy resources – can produce eFuels at competitive prices. Increased production capacity and increased equipment efficiency as eFuels are produced at scale are expected to reduce costs even further, allowing eFuels to compete directly with fossil fuels in the medium term.
Because eFuels are chemically identical to the fuels they are replacing, they are 100% compatible with existing engines and infrastructure (such as pipelines that are used to transport liquid fuels).
No modifications are required for existing cars, airplanes or fueling stations to use eFuels.
Renewable energy will be used to generate the green hydrogen which, when combined with CO2, creates the liquid eFuels. Renewable energy may be produced from wind, solar or hydroelectric sources.
eFuels are in-principle carbon neutral as they are made from renewable energy and recycled carbon dioxide. Our products and processes will be carefully reviewed by specialist Life Cycle Consultants to ensure that all relevant emissions are taken into account in determining the final carbon intensity (CI) score.
Because eFuels are chemically identical to existing gasoline, methanol, or jet fuel, eFuels have the same energy output as current fuel sources.
eFuels are chemically identical to traditional gasoline, methanol, or jet fuel. There are no differences between the two except for how they are produced. As eFuels are created from clean air and water, eFuels do not contain impurities such as sulfur, which can be present in fossil fuels.
eFuels are considered carbon neutral because the carbon that is emitted when they are burned is carbon that was already captured from the atmosphere and recycled as a part of the eFuels process.
eFuels are made from renewable energy and will be most competitive when produced in areas with high quality solar and wind resources. Because eFuels are liquids that can be easily and cheaply transported via existing infrastructure, the eFuels facilities can be located in areas that have abundant sources of renewable energy…even if those areas are in remote locations.
Approximately 3 gallons per second of water is required for hydrogen production in a world scale facility. About 40% of that will be produced and recycled through the process itself. The remaining water can come from a well on site, if water resources are abundant, or from desalinization, where water resources are restricted. If a well is used, the conservation agency will review and approve our application, and we will be required to report our consumption in operations to ensure we are operating within our permitted allowances.
Approximately 250 acres are required for hydrogen production and chemical plant facilities. The land is currently private and therefore is not available to the public. We strive to be good neighbors and intend to have a visually pleasing site and will screen with trees or other features if/where required.
The primary produced by-product is pure oxygen, which will be released to the atmosphere unless an alternative use can be identified. All hydrocarbon products will be recycled and utilized in the processes. The small amounts of waste and contaminants removed from wastewater treatment will be permitted and disposed of properly.
Because the creation of eFuels does not require the use of fossil fuels, its negative environmental impact is minimal. However, as eFuels are carbon neutral fuels which can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels, they have a very positive environmental impact by contributing to the transition to a low carbon economy.
eFuels are chemically identical to gasoline (or jet fuel or shipping fuel, depending upon their proposed application). As with traditional fuels, eFuels are a toxic substance that can cause health problems through inhalation or physical contact. So long as safe gasoline protocols are practiced when handling eFuels, the product is safe.
Because eFuels are chemically identical to existing liquid fuel products they can be transported via existing methods (such as pipelines, ships or trucks) without requiring modifications of any kind.
eFuels are already in production. Mass production and widespread availability of eFuels will occur starting 2025.
There are a number of large global companies partnering with HIF to bring eFuels to consumers and businesses worldwide. To date, these companies include Bechtel, Siemens, Porsche, Enel Green Power, Exxon Mobil, Haldor Topsoe, Baker Hughes and Gasco, among others.
We see them as complementary solutions to minimize the effects of climate change and accelerate the energetic transition to a decarbonized economy. They are both emissions-free and will both play an important role in achieving sustainable mobility.
We see in Texas great benefits to the area. Our project will provide approximately 100+ high paying jobs in an emerging industry and during construction it can go up to 3000 jobs created. HIF eGasoline will convert over 400,000 cars to carbon neutral (per phase). We also plan to engage community and work with local colleges for career development. As for the business opportunity, Texas is the largest wind generator in the US (~28 GW), it has very competitive state tax laws and a favorable regulatory environment for the development of large infrastructure projects.