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Researchers develop liquid fuel from solar energy & carbon dioxide

First compact plant worldwide for synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air to start in Finland

BS B2B Bureau  |  Karlsruhe, Germany 

The founders of Ineratec
The founders of Ineratec

Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from and extracted from air is the objective of the project started now by Ineratec, a spinoff of the Germany-based of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, the partners plan to take into operation the first chemical pilot plant worldwide. It is so compact that it fits into a ship container and produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The plant consists of three components. The direct air capture unit developed by the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) extracts from air. An electrolysis unit developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) produces the required hydrogen by means of solar power. A microstructured, chemical reactor is the key component of the plant and converts the hydrogen produced from solar power together with into liquid fuels. This reactor was developed by KIT. The compact plant was developed to maturity and is now being commercialised by Ineratec.

“Projects, such as Soletair, are essential for the success of the energy turnaround. Commissioning of this pilot plant is an example of successful transfer of KIT’s research innovations to industry,” Prof Thomas Hirth, vice president for innovation and international affairs of KIT.

GmbH is a spinoff of and develops, constructs, and sells compact chemical plants for various gas-to-liquid and power-to-liquid applications. The spinoff is supported under the EXIST research transfer program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The new power-to-liquid plant will be taken into operation at the Bioruukki Piloting Center of this year. In 2017, operation is planned to be continued on the campus of LUT. The project will be completed in mid-2018. It is funded with EUR 1 million by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

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Researchers develop liquid fuel from solar energy & carbon dioxide

First compact plant worldwide for synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air to start in Finland

First compact plant worldwide for synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air to start in Finland
Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from and extracted from air is the objective of the project started now by Ineratec, a spinoff of the Germany-based of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, the partners plan to take into operation the first chemical pilot plant worldwide. It is so compact that it fits into a ship container and produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The plant consists of three components. The direct air capture unit developed by the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) extracts from air. An electrolysis unit developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) produces the required hydrogen by means of solar power. A microstructured, chemical reactor is the key component of the plant and converts the hydrogen produced from solar power together with into liquid fuels. This reactor was developed by KIT. The compact plant was developed to maturity and is now being commercialised by Ineratec.

“Projects, such as Soletair, are essential for the success of the energy turnaround. Commissioning of this pilot plant is an example of successful transfer of KIT’s research innovations to industry,” Prof Thomas Hirth, vice president for innovation and international affairs of KIT.

GmbH is a spinoff of and develops, constructs, and sells compact chemical plants for various gas-to-liquid and power-to-liquid applications. The spinoff is supported under the EXIST research transfer program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The new power-to-liquid plant will be taken into operation at the Bioruukki Piloting Center of this year. In 2017, operation is planned to be continued on the campus of LUT. The project will be completed in mid-2018. It is funded with EUR 1 million by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

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Researchers develop liquid fuel from solar energy & carbon dioxide

First compact plant worldwide for synthetic fuels from solar energy and carbon dioxide extracted from air to start in Finland

Demand-driven production of liquid fuels from regenerative energy sources is a major element of the energy turnaround. Production of synthetic fuels from and extracted from air is the objective of the project started now by Ineratec, a spinoff of the Germany-based of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Finnish partners. Together, the partners plan to take into operation the first chemical pilot plant worldwide. It is so compact that it fits into a ship container and produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The plant consists of three components. The direct air capture unit developed by the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) extracts from air. An electrolysis unit developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) produces the required hydrogen by means of solar power. A microstructured, chemical reactor is the key component of the plant and converts the hydrogen produced from solar power together with into liquid fuels. This reactor was developed by KIT. The compact plant was developed to maturity and is now being commercialised by Ineratec.

“Projects, such as Soletair, are essential for the success of the energy turnaround. Commissioning of this pilot plant is an example of successful transfer of KIT’s research innovations to industry,” Prof Thomas Hirth, vice president for innovation and international affairs of KIT.

GmbH is a spinoff of and develops, constructs, and sells compact chemical plants for various gas-to-liquid and power-to-liquid applications. The spinoff is supported under the EXIST research transfer program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The new power-to-liquid plant will be taken into operation at the Bioruukki Piloting Center of this year. In 2017, operation is planned to be continued on the campus of LUT. The project will be completed in mid-2018. It is funded with EUR 1 million by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

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