In order to achieve the climate goals, greenhouse gas emissions must be significantly reduced, especially in the transport sector. The decarbonisation of air transport plays an important role here by replacing conventional paraffin with climate-friendly fuels. The Fairfuels project shows how this can be achieved: with the help of green hydrogen andCO2 from the atmosphere, synthetic oil is produced, which can ultimately be used as e-kerosene in aviation.
In Werlte, Emsland, the non-profit organisation atmosfair has developed a process to produceCO2-neutral paraffin for aviation using a power-to-liquid plant. In an electrolyser, green hydrogen is first produced from water with the help of PV and wind power. With the green hydrogen and carbon obtained from the ambient air and from biogas plants, synthetic crude oil is then produced in a synthesis plant. In a final step, the synthetic crude oil is finally processed into e-kerosene at the refinery in Heide.
Within the framework of the project, about 8 barrels of synthetic oil per day are produced and delivered to participating partners such as the Lufthansa Group. The project has model character for the successful decarbonisation of aviation. For the successful decarbonisation of aviation, however, a number of imitators on a large scale are needed. The Fairfuels project is therefore intended to show by way of example how the large-scale production of e-kerosene can be made possible in countries with a high supply of renewable energies - which will ultimately be available for import to Germany.
atmosfair gGmbH is a non-profit climate protection organisation based in Berlin. atmosfair carries out climate protection projects, advises and accompanies companies and institutions in their transformation and makes it possible to offset unavoidable CO₂ emissions in the global South.