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Bauhaus Luftfahrt receives 1st aireg Award for SOLAR-JET (zero-carbon jet fuel from sunlight)

Fuel from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide − what sounds like science fiction is actually reality: Under the name “SOLAR-JET”, an international consortium has produced the first solar kerosene that can easily be used as fuel for aviation.

For this pioneering work, the Bauhaus Luftfahrt project coordinator 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 Söder. In his speech, Dr. Söder 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, solarthermochemical 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.”

1st aireg Award

Dr. Andreas Sizmann (l.) receives the 1st aireg Award from Dr. Markus Söder (r.).
December 7th, 2015