The TAKE-OFF consortium counts 10 partners from 5 European countries and it consists of a leading energy supplier (RWE Power), a power and energy solution company (Mitsubishi Power Europe), interdisciplinary research institutions (TNO, CNRS, RWTH, SDU), design/engineering companies (ASAHI KASEI, FEV) and a communication, dissemintion and exploitation partner (CO2 Value Europe). A pioneer and a global leader in sustainable SAF, SkyNRG is involved to analyse the fuel quality and assess its suitability for usage in aircraft.
TNO is the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research and is The Netherlands’ largest knowledge organization, with approximately 5000 employees, servicing companies, government bodies and public organizations. Energy Transition is a business unit within the overall TNO organisation and is one of the leading institutes in Europe concerning applied energy research. It is aimed at contributing to a future sustainable energy system by performing research and technology development and bringing it to implementation. Within the project, TNO is the coordinator of the project and leads WP2 – Integrated process for converting CO2 and H2 to jet fuel and WP7 – Management, and contributes to WP5 Techno-economic and environmental assessment of jet fuels produced from CO2 and H2 via the light olefins route
CNRS/ Laboratory UCCS
CNRS/ Laboratory UCCS – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – is a state-funded science and technology centre under the French Ministry for Research with around 32,000 agents. The CNRS aims to enhance the advancement in science and technology research to contribute to the scientific, social, economic and cultural progress of France. UCCS is a joint research unit between CNRS, the University of Lille and Centrale Lille based on Villeneuve d’Ascq (FR). Within the project, CNRS is involved in the chemical and chemical engineering parts of the project. This includes the design of different types of catalysts involved in the transformation of CO2 and the light olefins oligomerization (WP1); the implementation of the catalytic transformations in demonstrators (WP2) and the production of jet fuels (WP1 and WP3).
RWE Power is a subsidiary of RWE AG, Germany’s largest power producer. RWE Power employs approximately 10,000 employees, working in lignite open cast mines, power plants, upgrading facilities and administration. The company contributes with its
power production capacity of about 13 GW based on lignite, nuclear and hydropower to the broad energy mix of the RWE group with renewable energies and natural gas. Within the project, the RWE Power operational infrastructure at Niederaussem will be used for the testing campaigns of the integrated Take-Off demonstrator under real boundary conditions (WP3).
Mitsubishi Power Europe
Mitsubishi Power Europe is a leading provider and innovator of technology and solutions for the energy sector, who with its predecessor companies have had a presence in the region since 1908. Today, there are more than 1,000 employees across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mitsubishi Power designs manufactures and maintains equipment and systems that drive decarbonization and ensures the delivery of reliable power. Among its solutions are a wide range of gas turbines, including hydrogen-fuelled gas turbines and solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), and an experienced services business with an extensive reach across the entire region. Within the project, Mitsubishi Power Europe provides its synthesis unit with proprietary technology to synthesize dimethyl ether and methanol to supply important intermediates for the synthesis of sustainable aviation fuel.
Asahi Kasei Europe
Asahi Kasei Europe is a subsidiary of globally operating Asahi Kasei Corporation (AKC), mainly providing materials such as monomers and polymers. Asahi Kasei Europe has been developing an alkaline water electrolyzer system based on technology and knowledge of Chlor-alkali electrolysis system and established a new project team (Clean Energy Project) to accelerate R&D, marketing and demonstration activities in Japan and Europe. Within the project, Asahi Kasei Europe will be involved in WP3 – Demonstration of the complete value chain.
FEV Europe is an independent internationally recognised company specialised in the design and development of powertrains, power units and burners as well as a manufacturer of prototypes and instrumentation systems. FEV employs approximately 6,600 employees at different facilities worldwide. Within the project, FEV will be responsible for the simulation of the effects of the new fuels onto the combustion in turbines and the impact on emission behaviour (WP4). Furthermore, FEV will use its vast experience with many different fuel types and chemical behaviour of different base chemistries to judge the impact of possible differences in the fuel regarding standard fossil Kerosene.
Since 2009, SkyNRG has been building up SAF capacity and production for the industry to meet its 2050 net-zero commitment. SkyNRG has supplied SAF to over 40 airlines across the world and is now developing dedicated SAF production facilities to support the transition from fossil jet fuel to sustainable aviation fuel. Within the project, SkyNRG reports on the suitability of the fuel produced during Project Take-off for usage in aeronautic applications within WP4. For this, SkyNRG will analyse the fuel on the most important parameters for ASTM approval and informs the consortium on the necessary steps to pursue ASTM certification of the fuel in the next phase.
RWTH Aachen University
The University was established in 1870 and it is currently divided into nine faculties. It educates over 47,000 students enrolled in 150 courses. This includes more than 12,477 international students from over 138 countries. Within the project, RWTH University brings in its experiences in terms of fuel design and fuel evaluation gained within the Cluster of Excellence “The Fuel Science Center”. In particular, RWTH University will focus on the characterisation of the emission behaviour of new fuel candidates and the development of corresponding methodologies (WP4).
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
University of Southern Denmark (SDU) was founded in 1998 through the merger of Odense University and the Technical University of Southern Denmark. SDU has a total of approx. 32.000 students divided over five faculties and six campuses. At the Faculty of Engineering, there are approx. 3.400 students and 21 study programs. Within the project, SDU is involved in the assessment of the environmental and economic sustainability of the jet fuel types explored by the Take-Off project (WP5).
CO2 Value Europe
CO2 Value Europe is the industry-driven association committed to developing CO2 Capture and Utilisation (CCU) into a new industrial sector making a significant contribution to Europe’s low carbon economy. It is the only association entirely dedicated to the subject with a mission to promote the development and market deployment of sustainable industrial solutions that convert CO2 into valuable products, to contribute to the net reduction of global CO2 emissions and the diversification of the feedstock base. Within the project, CO2 Value Europe will lead WP6 on communication, dissemination and exploitation.