Interdisciplinary research at Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Fundamental technologies, trends, changing interests of key stakeholders, and future driving forces are often accompanied by large uncertainties and unknowns in the long-term development. Thus, the combination of multiple disciplines is mandatory to design feasible and solid concepts and solutions for the long-term future of aviation. This interdisciplinary work is a key element of Bauhaus Luftfahrt´s research activities and is concentrated within distinctive research focus areas: Projects and research tasks are always elaborated in heterogeneous teams of experts from various competence areas.
Renewable alternatives to conventional jet fuel have moved into the focus of interest of the aviation industry. In this diverse thematic field, the research focus area “Alternative Fuels” at Bauhaus Luftfahrt addresses the following key questions: Which quantities of renewable fuel can be produced in the future? Which technical production pathways are available for a long-term supply of renewable fuels? How do these pathways perform with respect to technical, environmental, and socioeconomic criteria? And what are appropriate measures to introduce the required volumes of sustainable jet fuel into the market? Less mature technology options with promising long-term potentials are of particular interest for the work at Bauhaus Luftfahrt. The production of advanced biofuels from residues and waste streams or non-biogenic approaches, such as solar fuels and power-derived fuels (StL, PtL, H2), represent important research topics in this context.