Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Solar Reactor Technology to Produce Jet Fuel

Artist's rendering of the functional principle. (Credit: Solar-Jet) Click to enlarge.
With the first ever production of synthesized "solar" jet fuel, the SOLAR-JET project has successfully demonstrated the entire production chain for renewable kerosene obtained directly from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide (CO2), therein potentially revolutionizing the future of aviation.  This process has also the potential to produce any other type of fuel for transport applications, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen in a more sustainable way.

Although the solar-driven redox cycle for syngas production is still at an early stage of development, the processing of syngas to kerosene is already being deployed by companies, including Shell, on a global scale.  This combined approach has the potential to provide a secure, sustainable and scalable supply of renewable aviation fuel and more generally for transport applications.  Moreover, Fischer-Tropsch derived kerosene is already approved for commercial aviation.

New Solar Reactor Technology to Produce Jet Fuel

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