Swiss International Airlines along with its parent Lufthansa Group have started strategic cooperation and integration with the synthetic fuel manufacturer Synhelion to use the first-ever solar aviation fuel.”This will make SWISS the first airline in the world to use ‘sun-to-liquid’ fuel,” Swiss Airlines said in a statement.
The primary plant for industrial production of solar aviation fuel will be built in Germany’s North-Rhine Westphalia state Jülich. Under this deal, the Lufthansa Group and Swiss Airlines will also help in developing the commercial fuel production facilities in Spain that are planned by Synhelion.
The technology has been developed for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable energy sources by Synhelion, a derivative from the land Institute of Technology in Switzerland. Syngas (synthesis gas) is produced by concentrated solar heat, which may then be converted into carbon-neutral kerosene.
In keeping with the airline, when the solar fuel is combusted, it will only produce carbonic acid gas, helping to cut back aviation emissions.
“Our next-generation carbon-neutral solar kerosene is an economically and ecologically viable substitute for fossil fuels,” said the co-founder and CEO of Synhelion Philipp Furler.
Swiss International Airlines, also called Swiss or Swiss Airlines, is Switzerland’s flag carrier, providing scheduled services throughout Europe and other parts of the world. Its sole hub is Zurich Airport, with Geneva Airport serving as the attention city. It was established in 2002.
The Lufthansa Group is Germany’s flag carrier and one of the largest airlines. Swiss International Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Dolomiti, and Eurowings are all a part of the Lufthansa Group. Carsten Spohr is the chairman of this company.