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Werlte, Germany (AP) —German authorities announced on Monday that it will be the world’s first commercial plant for producing synthetic kerosene as part of its efforts to reduce the impact of flight on climate.
The Werlte facility near the Dutch border in northwestern Germany uses water and electricity from a nearby wind farm to produce hydrogen. By adding carbon dioxide, hydrogen is converted to crude oil, which can be refined into jet fuel.
Combusting synthetic kerosene means that only the same amount of CO2 that was previously removed to produce fuel is released into the atmosphere and becomes “carbon neutral.”
Starting next year, the amount of plants that can be produced is modest, only 8 barrels a day. That would be enough to fill one small airliner every three weeks. Commercial airlines around the world used about 2.3 billion barrels of kerosene in 2019.
However, the organization behind the project states that its purpose is to show that the process is technically feasible and economically feasible if it is scaled up and in sufficient demand. I am.
The project is led by Atmosfair, a German non-profit group that provides individuals and businesses with a way to offset their carbon dioxide emissions. Engineering giant Siemens will help build the plant, and state airline Lufthansa will be the first customer to use synthetic kerosene or electronic fuels.
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