Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
Part of Today in the Lab - Tomorrow in Energy?
IEA (2020), Aviation liquid fuels from sunlight and air, IEA, Paris https://www.iea.org/articles/aviation-liquid-fuels-from-sunlight-and-air
What is the aim of this project?
The SUN-to-LIQUID project is developing a technology that produces aviation fuels from water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and the power of the sun.
How could this technology be explained to a high school student?
Concentrated solar radiation is absorbed in a solar reactor that converts water and CO2 into synthesis gas – a gas mixture comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The synthesis gas is then delivered to a gas-to-liquid plant where it is converted into jet fuel.
What is the value for society?
At what stage of development is this project?
This four-year project was completed at the end of 2019. The consortium is now looking for funding for the follow-up project, which is aimed at boosting the energy conversion efficiency of the process.
What government policies could bring this from the lab to the market?
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