Schiphol Group is conducting research into the development of synthetic kerosene at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Along with biokerosene, this sustainable fuel is an important step towards carbon-neutral aviation. The aim is to eventually build a mini-plant in Rotterdam that will produce 1000 litres of synthetic kerosene per day. This will be the world’s first pilot plant producing synthetic kerosene.
Made from CO₂, hydrogen and electricity
Synthetic fuel is made from CO₂ captured from air, water and green electricity. The idea is for the captured CO₂ to compensate for the carbon emissions produced by planes. The process thus becomes carbon-neutral. Sustainable electricity is used to turn the captured CO₂ and water into hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Hydrocarbons are then made from this gas mixture. Hydrocarbons form the basis of synthetic kerosene. This fuel is then mixed with fossil fuel so that it can be used in all kinds of aircraft.
An alliance of international parties are involved in the research into the development of synthetic kerosene. They are: EDL, Climeworks, SkyNRG, Sunfire, Inratec and Urban Crossovers.