Demonstrating a carbon-neutral path for producing aviation fuel
Launching of the project SOLAR-JET
On July 5, the SOLAR-JET project was launched at Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (BHL) in Munich, Germany.
The aim of this European project is to demonstrate a carbon-neutral path for producing aviation fuel, compatible with the current infrastructure, in an economically viable way.
The SOLAR-JET project is expected to demonstrate at laboratory scale a process that combines concentrated sunlight with carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O), to produce renewable synthetic kerosene. This is accomplished by coupling a two-step solar thermochemical cycle based on non-stoichiometric ceria redox reactions using the Fischer-Tropsch process. These efforts will be further complemented by assessments of the chemical suitability of the solar kerosene, identification of technological gaps, and determination of the technological and economical potentials.
The project began on 1 June 2011 and is supported with an EC funding of € 2,173,548 over 4 years. The SOLAR-JET partners, BHL, ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.), SHELL and ARTTIC, combine all the competence needed to achieve the project objectives.