Hydrogen, HVO and FAME
The future fuel landscape is incredibly broad. It comprises many different fuel types, a range of applications and a more efficient use of by-products from other industrial processes.
When considering viability within the energy sector, there are several key variables which must be taken into consideration such as power density, availability and landed costs.
Drop-in fuels are one option, which are completely interchangeable substitutes for conventional petroleum-derived hydrocarbons, meaning there is no requirement to adapt the engine, fuel system or the fuel distribution network.
Others run only in specifically modified engines or require an entirely different technology. For some, an entirely new infrastructure is needed, that is yet to be built. Geography also plays an important role, as some fuels or technologies are only available in specific locations.
All of these factors ultimately influence whether a fuel is deemed commercially viable, as they all have a bearing on the overall cost of a fuel to the end user and the impact of its deployment on the overall cost of electricity generation.
In order to achieve this viability for new fuel sources, the market price of alternative fuels must drop, they must be able to compete with current fossil variants. In addition, the fuels need to be made widely available, which requires the appropriate infrastructure and generation facilities.
When it comes to decarbonisation in the temporary and off-grid sectors, no single fuel will be a 'silver bullet.' It's about getting the right balance of fuels and technologies, carefully tailored to specific locations, sectors and customer sites.
HVO? Green hydrogen? APG? We separate future fuels fact from fiction
Renewable energy is playing an increasing part in the fuel mix, but thermal generation is still required as back-up, especially in off or weak grid applications.
Where today diesel is the go-to choice due to its energy density, availability and cost, the need to find a cleaner fuel source is high on the agenda.
There has been plenty of talk surrounding the promise of ‘future fuels’ and how they could revolutionise power generation across the world. Hydrogen, FAME, HVO and more – they are abundant and far cleaner than diesel.
But there is so much information out there, it is hard to separate the fact from the fiction when it comes to these potential decarbonised solutions. Can they be a viable source for offgrid power? How far away are we from being able to harness their promise?
We’ve investigated what can be done and what the chances are for each of these future fuels. Our surprising findings can be downloaded by clicking the link below.