This morning, Franklin Streichenberger, Senior Policy Manager at our project partner CO2 Value Europe had the chance to quickly present the TAKE-OFF project during Session V ‘’Exploring Resilience, Support Innovation & Accelerate The Transition’’ at the 2nd Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum, taking place in Berlin, Germany.
Besides our project, Franklin’s presentation titled “CO2 utilisation and e-kerosene production” focused on three elements: the role of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) for e-kerosene production; the latest EU policies impacting CCU uptake for the aviation sector and finally the challenges ahead for the CCU fuels. Among others, he insisted on the need to talk about “defossilisation” in an industry where the carbon molecule is a key feedstock – aviation is indeed a (very) hard-to-electrify sector. He also highlighted CCU was to be listed as strategic under the NZIA if we were to support the development of the entire sustainable alternative fuels value chain in the EU.
The TAKE-OFF project, funded by the Horizon 2020 EU program, plans to develop a next-generation Power-to-SAF process which converts renewable hydrogen and captured CO2 (DAC and Flue Gas Emissions) to a class of hydrocarbons called light olefins, such as ethylene and propylene, which then need to be subsequently converted into the final jet fuel through further reactions. For this process, a key parameter is the use of substances such as solvents and catalysts to control and facilitate the chemical reactions.
More information about the event here.