Solar-jet, a renewable kerosene for carbon-neutral aircraft

Jul 13, 2015 | written by:

Today I want to tell you about Solar-jet, a research project sponsored by the European Union aimed at the production of renewable fuels for aviation through solar energy. We try to understand something more.

Given the large amount of CO2 present in the atmosphere as waste, the project proposes a technique designed to convert carbon dioxide and water into fuel using solar radiation at very high temperatures, which would allow us to achieve two main objectives:

- improve air quality;

- produce at low cost, without the extraction of oil, the syngas, a gaseous fuel composed of hydrogen and carbon monoxide easily converted into kerosene, which was identical to that used by airliners.

This technology would allow the recovery of a dangerous chemical pollutant in a process whose main waste product is oxygen in molecular form O2, achieving now produce fuel to power engines of aviation in a sustainable manner for the environment and for the economy. "This project - says Dr. Andreas Sizmann, the coordinator of the program - is an important step towards truly sustainable fuels and raw materials virtually unlimited in the future."

SOLAR-JET (Solar chemical reactor demonstration and Optimization for Long-term Availability of Renewable JETfuel) has received financial support of 2.2 million euro by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme research and technological development.

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