15 November 2021
The SUN-to-LIQUID research project, which also involved researchers from the DLR Institute of Future Fuels, has received the 22nd Energy Globe World Award.The Energy Globe World Award, organized by the independent Energy Globe foundation in Austria since 1999, is today the most recognized environmental award in the world, rewarding successful sustainable projects from five continents and thus demonstrating that many of our environmental problems have feasible solutions. This year’s edition registered 182 participating countries and more than 25,000 projects submitted from around the world. The award was presented at a virtual event on November 8, 2021. SUN-to-LIQUID is one of three winning projects in the Fire category, which covers energy.
Other project participants included researchers from the DLR Institutes of Solar Research and of Combustion Technology, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, ETH Zurich, and the IMDEA Energy Institute, as well as the companies Abengoa, Arttic, and Hygear.
Renewable fuels from sunlight, water and CO2
SUN-to-LIQUID is a four-year project supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). It started in January 2016 and ended on 31 December 2019.
The consortium of the SUN-to-LIQUID project has developed a technology to produce renewable fuels based on solar energy. For that purpose, a unique solar concentrating plant was built at the IMDEA Energy Institute in Móstoles, Spain.
Using concentrated solar energy, a specially designed reactor converts water and 2 into a high-quality synthesis gas in a thermochemical process. This synthesis gas is then processed into synthetic fuels in an already established large-scale process. These can be used, for example, as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or in shipping. Compared to fossil fuels, renewable fuels have the potential to reduce 2 emissions by more than 90 percent. At the same time, they have the advantage of being largely compatible with the existing fuel infrastructure. This makes them an important component for the sustainable transformation of the energy and mobility sectors.