SWISS – the world’s first airline to use solar fuel
SWISS will become the world’s first airline to use solar fuel.
A Swiss airline will become the first airline to use solar fuel synthesized by Synhelion. Aviation fuel can be produced from solar heat, making it a semi-renewable energy source.
The sun’s energy can be used to make kerosene fuel
In collaboration with Synhelion – the technology’s developer – the airline will use the “sun-to-liquid” fuel. The particular fuel used for flying will be available to Swiss airport passengers by 2023, as SWISS will be the first airline in the world to use this technology.
Using concentrated solar heat, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is created from syngas, then synthesized into kerosene using standard industrial practices. In addition, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a renewable technology that emits less CO2 than conventional kerosene from crude oil.
Decarbonizing air travel with solar fuel
Using this technology, SWISS hopes to decarbonize air transport. Despite the product development in Zurich, a production plant in Jülich, West Germany, will be built to mass-produce the fuel in 2022. SWISS – the world’s first airline to use solar fuel
Philipp Furler, co-founder and CTO of Synhelion, said the company is “already looking forward to the day when the first SWISS plane with solar kerosene takes off. ” The technology will provide more sustainable fuels for air travel and utilities in the years before more carbon-neutral transportation develops.
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