EU - produces first solar kerosene in the world

A research project funded by the EU, SOLAR.- JET, has created the first "solar" jet fuel in the world, a renewable fuel made from water and carbon dioxide ...


For the first time researchers have been able to carry out the entire chain of production of renewable kerosene - based on concentrated light as an energy source at high temperature.


The project is still in the experimental stage, so far it has produced a glass of jet fuel in laboratory conditions, using simulated sunlight; however there is hope that in the future it will be possible to produce liquid hydrocarbons from sunlight, water and CO2.


"This technology - said the European Commissioner for Research Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan - Quinn - means that one day we could produce clean fuel and plenty of it for aircraft, automobiles and other vehicles, while also contributing to convert CO2, a major gas responsible for global warming, into a useful resource. "SOLAR- JET” (Solar chemical reactor demonstration and Optimization for Long -term Availability of Renewable JETfuel ) was launched in June 2011 and is receiving financial support from the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, for a term of four years. In the next phase of the project, the partners must optimize the solar reactor and evaluate the technical and economic potential of industrial-scale application. SOLAR- JET sees the collaboration between research organizations in the university community and the industrial sector (ETH Zurich , Bauhaus Luftfahrt , Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) , Shell Global Solutions and the partner responsible for managing ARTTIC).