A demonstration plant that produces renewable jet fuel from air is to be developed at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. To this end, the airport has signed a cooperation with several partner companies, including the Zurich-based start-up Climeworks.
According to a media release, the plant will produce around 1,000 liters of renewable jet fuel per day. The fuel will first be filtered from the ambient air using Climeworks CO2 technology. The gas is subsequently transformed into syngas through electrolysis developed by Sunfire. In a third step, the syngas is turned into synthetic hydrocarbons using Ineratec technology. EDL Anlagenbau is in charge of the process for converting these synthetic hydrocarbons into jet fuel. It can then be used directly by engines in the aircraft. The plant will be the first of its kind in the world and make the aviation industry more carbon-neutral.
Climeworks was founded as a spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. The company aims to capture around one percent of global CO2 emissions from the air by 2025. Its technology is currently also being tested in Hinwil, Zurich, and in Iceland and Italy.