AVL List GmbH
AVL List GmbH (“AVL”) with its headquarters in Graz, is one of the world’s leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and in other sectors. Drawing on its pioneering spirit, the company provides concepts, solutions and methodologies for a greener, safer and better world of mobility. AVL constantly expands its portfolio of high-end methodologies and technologies in the areas of vehicle development and testing. AVL’s passion is innovation. Together with 10,700 employees at more than 90 locations and with 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is supporting customers in their mobility ambitions. In 2021, the company generated a turnover of 1.6 billion Euros, of which 12% are invested in R&D activities to ensure continuous innovation.
To achieve the vision of climate-neutral mobility and industry, AVL drives innovative and affordable solutions for all applications – from traditional to hybrid to battery, fuel cell electric, hydrogen and PtX technologies. E-fuels play a key role in the defossilisation of different sectors. The biggest challenge is an efficient E-Fuels production on a commercial scale, in order to minimize the need for renewable energy. The overall system energy demand of PtL plants can be decreased by heat integration of Co-SOEC with FTS and pressurized operation. Based on the results of E-TANDEM, AVL aims to extend the development of (Co-) SOEC based PtL systems and related engineering services for PtL plants. To this end, patents are to be filed in this project and new core technologies in the field of hydrogen production/electrolysis and PtL in general.
Involvement in E-TANDEM
AVL has the main objective to optimize the operation parameters of a Co-SOEC and a coupled Fischer Tropsch unit for high-pressure operation. An innovative approach with tail gas usage of the FT in a Co-SOEC coupled with a high-pressure operation will increase the total system efficiency. Participation in the project reinforces AVL’s activities in the area of interfacing high-temperature (co)electrolysis process with downstream e-syngas valorization routes.
“The project E-TANDEM takes one further step in order to increase the efficiency of the overall process. Utilizing excess heat of the FT process for the previous process step, the co-electrolysis of H2O and CO2, leads to a significant reduction of the energy demand.”