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.
For ecological and economic reasons, 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 could be produced worldwide in a sustainable way? Which technical production pathways are available for a long-term supply of renewable fuels? And how do these pathways perform with respect to technical, environmental and socioeconomic criteria? Currently less mature technology options with promising potentials for long-term applications are of particular interest for the work at Bauhaus Luftfahrt. Fuel production from unconventional types of biomass, such as microalgae, or nonbiogenic approaches, such as solar fuels and Power-to-Liquid (PtL), represent important research topics in this context.