Germany and Europe want to be climate-neutral by 2045 and 2050 respectively. To achieve this ambitious goal, we need measures to quickly and effectively reduce CO2-emissions in the mobility sector, among others. From the point of view of the petroleum industry, we can achieve this with a drive mix in which electricity-based synthetic fuels play a decisive role: so-called e-fuels.
But what are eFuels actually? And how can they help us achieve climate protection goals? We want to provide answers to these questions on our Germany-wide eFuels information tour, which the Lühmann Group (www.classic-oil.de) with the support of the Bundesverband Freier Tankstellen (bft) (www.bft.de) and the UNITI Bundesverband mittelständischer Mineralölunternehmen e.V. (www.uniti.de) organized.
eFuels Infotour stops at the BMÖ gas station at Weserpark in Bremen!
Making eFuels tangible – that is the goal of the series of events organized by the e-Fuels Forum since summer 2021. On 25.08.2022 the tour team visited the BMÖ service station at Weserpark in Bremen. One highlight: the foiled BMW Mini, which the guests were allowed to refuel at the end of the event with eFuels from the technology partner Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC).
Everyone is talking about electromobility, but it is not the only option for climate-friendly mobility. At an information event organized by the e-Fuels Forum at the BMÖ filling station at Weserpark in Bremen, interested parties learned all about synthetic fuels.
Great end to the info tour with the stop at Knauber in Bonn!
Many people, great interest and good conversations! We say THANK YOU to the whole team on site and to Mrs. Dr. Ines Knauber-Daubenbüchel (Managing Partner Carl Knauber Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH), Mr. Holger Laugisch (Managing Director Knauber Mineralöl GmbH & Co. KG), Mr. Peter Remshagen (Managing Director Tankschutz Giebeler GmbH), Torsten Ochel (Managing Director ClemensOchel Kfz-Meister- und Servicebetrieb) and Mr. Detlev Braun (Managing Director Tankhof Braun e.K.) for coming!
Info stop at the PINOL service station in Augsburg!
Again, there was a very interesting exchange. We say “thank you” to the whole team of the PIN gas station Augsburg and the host PRÄG for the great event, as well as the following guests for coming:
Info stop at Maier & Korduletsch at the Shell Moosthenning!
A few impressions from the info stop at Maier & Korduletsch at Shell Moosthenning.
We say thank you to the entire team on site and especially to Mr. Lorenz Maier, Managing Director of the Maier & Korduletsch group of companies.
27.06. / 10.00
OKTAN gas station, Straße der Einheit 137, 37318 Uder
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27.06. / 3.00 pm
TAS service station, Mündener Str. 11, 34346 Hedemünden
Registration: directly with the organizer
28.06. / 10.00
ELO service station, Mühlsteig 1, 90579 Langenzenn
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28.06. / 16.00
Gas station Maier Korduletsch, Ammerfeld 2, 84164 Moosthenning
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29.06. / 10.00
PIN gas station, Meraner Str. 11, 86165 Augsburg, Germany
Registration: directly with the organizer
29.06. / 4.30 pm
AVIA Station, Dammstr. 21, 72160 Horb am Neckar
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30.06. / 13.00
Knauber gas stationEndenicher Str. 120, 53115 Bonn
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E-fuels are an important component of tomorrow’s mobility. At UNITI expo 2022, the leading European trade fair for the service station and carwash industry, the experts from the e-Fuels Forum will be on hand at the joint stand with UNITI Bundesverband mittelständischer Mineralölunternehmen and the eFuel Alliance to answer questions from interested parties on the subject of synthetic fuels.
The war in Ukraine is currently showing Germany and Europe how dependent many countries are on imports of fossil fuels from undemocratic countries. An alternative to this could be synthetic fuels, which are produced in a CO2-neutral way by means of alternative energies in regions with sufficient wind or sun. “E-fuels can not only play a critical role in addressing the climate crisis. They can also help us become independent of energy imports from countries such as Russia. They thus make a decisive contribution to our security of supply,” explains Dr. Lorenz Kiene of the e-Fuels Forum, adding: “We must use all technologies that lead to an improvement in our carbon footprint in mobility. Global warming does not forgive procrastination.”
Together with the team from the e-Fuels Forum, Kiene will inform trade fair visitors at Messe Stuttgart from May 17 to 19, 2022, about how e-fuels are produced and what advantages they have.
In the afternoon the tour team was then with the BMW Mini at Score in Brake. Here, Score Managing Director Thomas Ehrlich and Klaus Frerichs welcomed Michael Kurz, Mayor of Brake, and other interested guests.
“With eFuels, CO2-neutral mobility is possible, worldwide and in some cases much faster and cheaper than with other alternatives, as existing infrastructure such as tankers, tank farms and refueling stations can continue to be used,” Dirk Greife (Lühmann Group) emphasized in his presentation. “The introduction of eFuels can replace fossil fuels and also reduce geopolitical dependencies,” he added.
The fact that eFuels are not just an idea on paper but reality was made clear by the respective hosts at the end of the event: At the end, the guests were allowed to refuel the BMW Mini in campaign design with synthetic fuel from Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz.
Everyone is talking about electromobility, but it is not the only option for climate-friendly mobility. At the eFuels Forum’s information events, interested parties can learn all about synthetic fuels. On May 12, 2022, Boris Bastkowski, managing director of Oktan, welcomed guests at the Oktan service station in Oldenburg, including Christoph Baak, CDU faction in the Oldenburg City Council, and Benno Schulz, FDP press spokesman in Oldenburg.
After welcoming the attendees, Dirk Greife, Managing Director of the Lühmann Group and initiator of the eFuels Forum, provided information about the importance, production and advantages of eFuels.
Very great interest in the eFuels booth at Retro Classics 2022 in Stuttgart. In particular, the possibility of simply “refueling” old and young cars in a CO2-neutral way thanks to synthetic fuels is meeting with a great deal of approval.
We were thus able to give many guests exciting insights into the topic of eFuels.
Everyone is talking about electromobility, but it is not the only option for climate-friendly mobility. At an information event organized by the e-Fuels Forum at the CLASSIC service station in Apensen, interested parties learned all about synthetic fuels. Guests included Helmut Dammann-Tamke, Member of the State Parliament (CDU), Petra Tiemann, Member of the State Parliament (SPD) and Matthias Mittlmejer, candidate for the State Parliament (SPD).
After welcoming the attendees, Dirk Greife, Managing Director of the Lühmann Group and initiator of the e-Fuels Forum, provided information on the importance, production and advantages of e-fuels. To produce these, water is first split into oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H) by electrolysis. In a second step, the hydrogen is combined with carbon dioxide (CO2). For e-fuels to be CO2 neutral, the electricity used to produce them must come from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The CO2, in turn, can be extracted from the air. So while burning fossil fuels such as diesel and gasoline releases new CO2 into the atmosphere, with e-fuels it is only the CO2 that was previously removed from the air.
“With e-fuels, CO2-neutral mobility is possible, all over the world, and in some cases much faster and cheaper than with other alternatives, because existing infrastructure such as tankers, tank farms and refueling stations can continue to be used,” Greife emphasized in his presentation. “We must take advantage of all technologies that lead to the improvement of our carbon footprint, be it in the field of mobility or heat. Global warming does not forgive any delay,” he added.
Making eFuels tangible – that is the goal of the series of events organized by the eFuels Forum since summer 2021. On March 10, 2022, the tour team visited the CLASSIC service station Stemwede. One highlight: the foiled BMW Mini, which the guests were allowed to refuel at the end of the event with eFuels from the technology partner Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC).
Everyone is talking about electromobility, but it is not the only option for climate-friendly mobility. At an information event organized by the eFuels Forum at the CLASSIC service station in Stemwede, interested parties learned all about synthetic fuels. One of the guests was Kai Abruszat, Mayor of Stemwede (FDP).
After welcoming the attendees, Dirk Greife, Managing Director of the Lühmann Group and initiator of the eFuels Forum, provided information on the importance, production and advantages of eFuels. To produce these, water is first split into oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H) by electrolysis. In a second step, the hydrogen is combined with carbon dioxide (CO2). For eFuels to be CO2 neutral, the electricity used to produce them must come from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The CO2, in turn, can be extracted from the air. So while burning fossil fuels such as diesel and gasoline releases new CO2 into the atmosphere, with eFuels it is only the CO2 that was previously removed from the air.
On February 28, 2022, the eFuels Forum held its first event with the BMW Mini. The BMW was fueled with synthetic fuel from the technology partner CAC GmbH from Chemnitz.
The venue was the company Ludger Brämswig GmbH in Lohne (Lower Saxony). The company is now managed by the third generation. Ludger Brämswig, welcomed the guests by saying, “eFuels are an important topic for us. I think it’s great that my son Michael Brämswig is committed to this cause; it’s the future.”
The mayoral candidate Stephan Blömer ( no party affiliation) organized this meeting together with Michael Brämswig. Also present was the climate policy spokesman of the FDP, Mr. Olaf in der Beek. The speaker at the eFuels Forum, Dr. Lorenz Kiene (Lühmann Group, Hoya), made it clear: “In order to meet the global challenge of climate change, we must look to the future with an open mind. None of the possible energies of the future should be neglected. eFuels are currently not promoted identically in politics as, for example, battery-powered electromobility.” Kiene was alluding to the fact that the funding backdrop for hydrogen, e-car and e-fuels energy types is not identical. “We therefore don’t need bans, but equal opportunities at the Brussels level as well,” Kiene continued.
It all started on Monday, August 23, 2021, at the CLASSIC service station in Bredstedt. The tour took our team across Germany and, in addition to 20 service stations of medium-sized mineral oil dealers, stopped at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, where the university produces synthetic gasoline together with technology from Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC). At each station, guests learned more about eFuels, how they are made, and their benefits. In addition, the BMW Mini, which is strikingly wrapped in the campaign design, is refueled with synthetic fuel.
Finally the wait is over! After weeks of preparation, our eFuels info tour started today. We started in the morning at our partner Meike Feddersen at the CLASSIC gas station in Bredstedt. From the tranquil small town in the district of Nordfriesland, the tour team set off in our BMW Mini from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea in Flensburg to the team energie filling station. There, an exciting panel discussion between Volker Behn, managing director of team energie, Henning Brüggemann, mayor of the city of Flensburg, Petra Nicolaisen, member of the Bundestag, and Oliver Gröpper, managing director of Neubauer Touristik, awaited the guests. The third stop on this eventful and mileage-filled day was the bft-Willer service station at Anton Willer’s headquarters in Kiel.
After the stop at AVIA shareholder Boie in Bargteheide, the tour team left Schleswig-Holstein for Lower Saxony. There, Mark Jorczyk from Jorczyk Energie welcomed the guests at the CLASSIC service station in Nienhagen.
In the meantime, the team has already driven more than 450 kilometers until the BMW Mini arrives at the sixth stop. The host is our partner Jantzon Tankstellen at its Joiss station in Bad Salzdetfurth, Lower Saxony. From there, the team continues to Minden in North Rhine-Westphalia, where Mönneke Mineralöle operates one of its largest TAS service stations.
This morning, the Feldhaus family welcomed politicians and the press to the FELTA filling station in Vechta, Lower Saxony. This year, the site has been awarded the industry prize “Service Station of the Year 2021” in the “Washing” category. Accordingly, the presentation took place in the newly built wash hall. The team continued to Osnabrück to the headquarters of Q1 Energie. The company will take over blending, quality assurance and distribution of e-diesel and e-heating oil in the adjacent warehouse from 2022.
On to the second week of our e-fuels information tour: In the morning, our team stopped at the Grebe filling station of Grebe und Sohn in Korbach, Hesse. We continue east for about 65 kilometers to our CLASSIC service station in Fuldatal near Kassel.
Today, the team has a tight program ahead of them: Instead of two refueling stations, the BMW Mini stops at three. The tour starts at the station of Avia shareholder Knittel in Petersberg near Fulda. The journey then heads south, first to Tauberbischhofsheim and then to Buchen. Both stations are part of the HERM network.
Today, two stops in Baden-Württemberg were on the agenda for the tour team. The morning meeting was hosted by Avia shareholder Tessol in Renningen, east of Stuttgart. Then we went to the southernmost gas station of the entire tour in Rottweil. There, Oel-Heimburger hosted curious visitors from politics and the press.
Today, the team left for the penultimate date of the E-Fuels Infotour to Freiberg. There the TU Bergakademie Freiberg presents<https://www.linkedin.
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Dr. Lorenz Kiene, Managing Director CLASSIC service stations
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Gräbner, IEC, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Jörg Engelmann, Managing Director Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz
The grand finale in Berlin: The team was on the road for almost two and a half weeks, and the BMW Mini covered more than 3,000 kilometers before reaching its last stop, a Sprint gas station, in the capital. The conclusion: the effort was worth it. Everywhere it met with a very positive basic mood, committed partners and, above all, many interested listeners from politics, the press and industry. Now it’s time to give the kindled fire an even greater reach and powerful momentum.
Location: CLASSIC service station, Husumer Straße 28, 25821 Bredstedt
Location: team Tankstelle, Marie-Curie-Ring, 24941 Flensburg, Germany
Location: bft service station Willer, Gutenbergstraße 80/86, 24118 Kiel, Germany
Avia service station, Lohe 60, 22941 Bargteheide
Place: CLASSIC gas station, Dorfstr. 92, 29336 Nienhagen
Location: Joiss gas station, Bodenburger Str. 55, 31162 Bad Salzdetfurth, Germany
Location: TAS gas station, Ringstr. 79, 32427 Minden
Location: FELTA gas station, Falkenrotter Str. 163, 49377 Vechta, Germany
Location: Q1 Energy Headquarters, Rheinstr. 82, 49090 Osnabrück
Location: bft gas station, Hauptstr. 4, 53819 Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
Location: Nordring Tank Center, Ziegelhütter Weg 14-16, 34497 Korbach, Germany.
Location: CLASSIC service station, Veckerhagener Str. 128, 34233 Fuldatal, Germany
AVIA gas station, Breitunger Str.2 36100 Petersberg
HERM gas station, Wertheimer Str. 50, 97941 Tauberbischhofsheim Time: 2:30 p.m.
HERM gas station, In der Vorderen Wanne 11, 74722 Buchen, Germany.
AVIA gas station, Weil der Städter Str. 47, 71272 Renningen Time: 9:00a . m.
Location: bft gas station, Schramberger Str. 40, 78628 Rottweil Time: 3:00 p.m.
Walther gas station, Willi-Kaidel-Str. 5, 97424 Schweinfurt Time: 11 .00
Location: ELO gas station, Leitenäcker Straße 1, 91080 Uttenreuth, Germany
Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Fuchsmühlenweg 9, 09599 Freiberg Time: 1:00 p.m.
Sprint gas station, Kniprodestr. 25, 10407 Berlin Time: 10 .00