The Lufthansa Group have joined the sunlight and air fuel project for the aviation industry.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), it would be recalled, says it has found a way to make fuels from sunlight and air.
And the Lufthansa Group of Companies have joined forces with the scientists to help prepare the technologies for production on an industrial scale in the future.
ETH Zurich, accordingly discovered how to make liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water and with the help of concentrated sunlight.
During the process, CO2 and water, the Institute stated, are extracted directly from ambient air and split using solar energy.
It says the output of the process is a synthesis gas,which can subsequently be processed into kerosene, methanol or other hydrocarbons to be used as jet fuel in turn.
Lufthansa revealed that the fuel releases only as much CO2 as was previously extracted from the atmosphere.
Thus, yesterday, May 18, 2020, Lufthansa Group and ETH Zurich announced signing a joint Letter of Intent for a possible cooperation.
The cooperation seeks to help accelerate the market launch of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).
It is believed that Lufthansa Group’s subsidiaries, SWISS and Edelweiss, are planning to cooperate with the scientists in the areas of technology and economic efficiency.
In its statement, Lufthansa cited Prof. Dr. Aldo Steinfeld, Professor for Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich, as saying “In contrast to other modes of transport, air transport will depend on sustainable liquid fuels in the foreseeable future.”
“Their market launch requires a joint effort by fuel manufacturers and airlines.”
“This Letter of Intent marks the intention of such a cooperation between ETH Zurich, the ETH spin-offs Climeworks and Synhelion and the Lufthansa Group Airlines to jointly address the challenges involved. This is intended to support the energy turnaround in aviation.”
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