Porsche is building a pilot green E-Fuel plant in Punta Arenas Chile, a region known for its strong and reliable winds. The electricity needed is going to come from a huge wind turbine. The plans are to make 145.3 million gallons of E-Fuel a year by 2026. This fuel is going to be the factory fill fuel for all Porsches and fuel their facilities. The disadvantage to this is it is completely regionally dependent on reliable wind power.
Personally, I think it’s going to be very difficult to make enough carbon neutral electric power without affecting our lifestyle or economy with just solar, wind, and hydroelectric, in my opinion, these methods are too low yield to supply the rapidly increasing power demand that carbon neutral fuels and electric cars need. Burning hydrocarbons like coal and natural gas to create electricity will just make the CO2 problem worse, that’s something that politicians don’t understand. In my opinion, the only way we can greenly make power in the short term is to use nuclear power.
Now nuclear power has most of us scared. It creates deadly waste that is dangerous for millenniums and they are complicated machines that if anything goes wrong, very bad things happen that can contaminate large areas for generations with extremely toxic stuff. Even though modern nuclear power plants have a triple redundancy of critical systems, deadly accidents still happen. Look at Chernobyl , Three Mile Island, and Fukushima as examples of why everyone is so frightened.
In my opinion, until we can come up with working fusion reactors which may take a generation to develop, the best way to make acceptably clean and safe nuclear power is through 4th generation nuclear reactors.
4th generation reactors are designed to be passively safe meaning they can be safely shut down and not melt down even if the cooling systems fail. They are also much more efficient with nuclear fuel, reacting way less of it much more completely, and thus creating less and more depleted waste that is dangerous for a hundred years, not a near eternity. Some systems are nearly closed-loop with waste, recycling it again and again until it has very little yield. Other systems use the heat energy created by waste to generate power. 4th generation reactors are currently being run, a few commercially. Developing the most promising of these designs to supplement wind and solar should be the way to the salvation of our way of life.
Unfortunately, the politicians and talking heads only make ineffective, costly, and ill-thought-out rules like they do with nearly everything, with no idea on how to technically implement them. I won’t name any of them or the party here, it’s not hard to figure out, and if it makes you mad, vote accordingly. Unlike the stupid stuff from our leaders, we have laid out some actual ideas of how we might save our planet and still have our cars!