Fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide − what sounds like science fiction is actually reality!
For this pioneering work the Bauhaus Luftfahrt project co-ordinator Dr. Andreas Sizmann received, in place of the SOLAR-JET consortium the 1st aireg Award for innovative energy technologies in the aviation sector from the Bavarian minister of state Dr. Markus Soeder. In his speech, Dr. Soeder emphasised:
"I am particularly pleased to present the 1st aireg Award to a Bavarian winner. For the free state, it is important to play a pioneering role not only with the internationally renowned Munich Airport, but also in terms of technological development in the aviation sector. Therefore, since 2000, the free state has invested more than 300 million euros in aerospace research."
Dr. Sizmann said in his acceptance speech:
"As a consortium, we have broken new ground. As a result, solar thermochemical fuel production is a reversal of the reaction of combustion at high temperatures. It uses, in a particularly efficient way, the inexhaustible resources sunlight and CO2. Our goal now is to further optimise the core of the process, the solar reactor, and to foster, with a demonstration plant, the continuous development to commercial maturity."
Link to AIREG (Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany) full press release. Only available in German.