Swiss company Synhelion has announced the start of construction of the world’s first industrial plant that will produce synthetic fuel powered by sunlight. The factory must be located in Germany.
Synhelion – Synthesis Gas
Synhelion has developed a solar heating process to produce synthesis, which is then used to synthesize conventional burning fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, or diesel.
Groundbreaking news for DAWN 🏗🌅— Synhelion ☀️⛽ solar fuels (@Synhelion) September 7, 2022
Synhelion started the construction of DAWN – the world’s first industrial plant to produce #SyntheticFuels using solar heat. In this plant, Synhelion unites all its innovations on industrial scale for the first time. https://t.co/zThEVS2gTP pic.twitter.com/enaRi0A8eF
Synthesis Gas Production
Technology was first demonstrated in 2019 at the Zurich ETH facility, which is a subsidiary of Synhelion. As mentioned, the industrial version of the system will produce 100 cubic meters of syngas per hour. The gas itself is synthesized from methane, carbon dioxide and water. Solar energy is used for thermochemical reactions.
Hi, we are Synhelion. We turn sunlight into fuel. Why? Because we believe in a globalized world connected by clean transportation. We contribute to a net-zero transportation sector by replacing fossil fuels with carbon-neutral #SolarFuels. Learn more 🎬👇https://t.co/2eWrU0bdPq— Synhelion ☀️⛽ solar fuels (@Synhelion) September 2, 2022
Industrial Demonstration Plant
The Synhelion Industrial Demonstration Plant will produce thousands of liters of fuel per year. The produced fuel (solar kerosene and gasoline) will be used in aircraft engines – SWISS will be the first airline to use kerosene produced by Synhelion.
By 2030, the company plans to build a full network of gas stations that produce up to 1 million tons of fuel per year.