German automaker Audi has announced the development of a new synthetic methane production plant, which is being billed as the world’s first industrial plant for generating e-gas using a combination of carbon dioxide and renewable electricity. The eco friendly fuel will be used for vehicles such as the Audi A3 Sportback TCNG. The plant will being producing the fuel in the spring of 2013.
Autoblog reports that the plant will make use of renewable energy for electrolyzing water to split it into its constituents that is oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen hence produced will be made to react with CO2 in a methane processing unit to produce renewable synthetic methane or Audi e-gas. The e-gas initiative is part of the company’s strategy to bring clean, carbon-neutral fuel to internal combustion engines. The new plant will generate enough fuel to power 1500 Audi A3 Sportback TCNG vehicles about 15,000km each year.