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Press Release: Methanation reactor from MAN produces Audi e-gas  
Cooperation within the VW Group points out the potential of this renewable fuel 
on an industrial scale for the first time  
While the change in energy policy is being discussed in many places, MAN and 
Audi are creating facts. The vehicle manufacturer will produce and feed 
synthetic methane (Audi e-gas) into the public natural-gas network starting 
summer 2013. The core component of the plant, which is being built in 
cooperation with equipment manufacturer SolarFuel GmbH in Werlte (Emsland 
region), is an MAN Diesel & Turbo methanation reactor. Construction and 
production of the e-gas plant unit that is around 16 meters high was 
constructed and produced by MAN's specialists for chemical and physical 
reactors at its Deggendorf site. In December 2012, a heavy-duty transport took 
the ready-for-use tower to Werlte which is 782 kilometers away. 
Its ability to produce carbon neutral fuel from renewable electricity makes 
this facility special. Audi e-gas can be stored and transported with 
infrastructure currently available as it is nearly identical to fossil-based 
natural gas chemically speaking. As such, it can easily be distributed via the 
natural gas network as well as delivered to CNG stations. 
"This order stresses once more our competence in building chemical apparatus 
with the aid of which synthetic fuel can be produced," said Dr. Josef Dachs, 
Head of MAN Diesel & Turbo's site in Deggendorf. "Whether we are talking about 
the Pearl in Qatar, the largest gas-to-liquids plant in the world operated by 
Shell, or Audi's e-gas project in the Emsland: Our know-how is in demand 
worldwide when it comes to finding and providing solutions for the future's 
The dual electricity / gas principle of Audi's e-gas project is a practical 
example of how to make good use of the wind energy excess on stormy days when 
the existing German grid is insufficient to carry the load. The Werlte facility 
will generate enough CO2-neutral e-gas to power 1,500 CNG cars over 15,000 
kilometers every year. 
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The MAN Group is one of Europe’s leading industrial players in 
transport-related engineering, with revenue of approximately €16.5 billion in 
2011. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbomachinery, and 
special gear units, MAN employs approximately 52,500 people worldwide. Its 
divisions hold leading positions in their respective markets.   
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