Synhelion, Ineratec join hands to scale up solar fuel production
Synhelion tests its solar fuel technology at the Juelich Solar Tower. Image by Synhelion SA
March 29 (Renewables Now) - Swiss solar fuels start-up Synhelion SA and Germany-based gas-to-liquid applications provider Ineratec GmbH today said they will combine their technologies to speed up the launch and scale up the production of carbon-neutral fuels for the aviation industry as demand is growing.
Synhelion is currently working on an industrial-scale plant for the production of sustainable kerosene from solar energy in Juelich, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Ineratec has been selected as a partner for the project.
The Swiss start-up has developed a technology to produce syngas from solar heat. The syngas is then converted into liquid fuel with the help of Ineratec's modular synthesis plant. The combination of the technologies is expected to enable the economically viable, efficient and scalable production of solar fuel that should replace fossil fuels and support the decarbonisation of the aviation industry. The partners noted that their sustainable fuel is compatible with the existing global infrastructure
After demonstrating the cost-efficiency and scalability of their technology, Synhelion and Ineratec will seek to rapidly expand the production of solar fuels with support from partners in the aviation industry such as Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). At the beginning of March, Synhelion sealed a strategic collaboration with the Swiss carrier which will become the first airline in the world to use “sun-to-liquid” fuel.
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