SCHINDELLEGI, CH/FRANKFURT: Kuehne+Nagel and Lufthansa Cargo are to purchase 125,000 litres of synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) made by Berlin-based NGO atmosfair from CO2 and water converted into e-kerosene.
atmosfair was founded in 2005 by green travel group Forum Anders Reisen and civil society organisation Germanwatch with support from the German Federal Environment Agency.
From its facility in Emsland, Lower Saxony that runs on green electricity sourced from local wind and solar power, atmosfair first produces a synthesis gas from CO2 and hydrogen (electrolysis) via the Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction (RWGS) and then synthetic fuel oil (SynCrude) via Fischer- Tropsch synthesis.
This is then delivered by atmosfair to a refinery that processes the synthetic fuel oil into Jet A1. Since the CO2 released during the combustion of the synthetic kerosene was previously obtained from a biogenic source (biogas plant and direct air capture), the overall process is CO2-neutral, according to the NGO.
With a capacity of producing 350 tonnes of synthetic fuel oil per year, the plant is the first to produce fuel oil for e-kerosene approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
The result is 'fairfuel' synthetic kerosene manufactured and burned in aircraft engines without producing CO2. According to Lufthansa and K+N it is “the fuel of the future, capable of bringing the CO2 footprint of aircraft engines to zero”.
“By securing the first power-to- liquid fuel production together with Lufthansa Cargo, we are sending a strong message of commitment and collaboration, inviting our industry colleagues and customers to join us in creating the low-carbon economy of the future already today," declared Yngve Ruud, member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics.
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