Synhelion begins development of DAWN demo plant to supply photo voltaic fuels


ETH Zurich spin-off Synhelion has began the development of DAWN—its personal industrial plant to supply artificial fuels utilizing photo voltaic warmth. (Earlier publish.) Situated in Jülich, Germany, the power will reveal your complete course of from concentrating daylight to producing artificial liquid gasoline on an industrial scale.

The manufacturing course of—utilizing solely photo voltaic warmth—was first demonstrated in 2019 in a mini-refinery on the roof of ETH Zurich. Since then, Synhelion has been specializing in scaling up the expertise and making it industrially viable.

A couple of weeks in the past, the final main technological milestone for the economic manufacturing of photo voltaic fuels was reached with the manufacturing of photo voltaic syngas on an industrial scale on the multifocus photo voltaic tower of the German Aerospace Heart (DLR) in Jülich.

Synhelion has developed a photo voltaic thermal course of for the manufacturing of syngas, which is then utilized in normal industrial processes to synthesize liquid fuels, reminiscent of kerosene, gasoline, or diesel, which are appropriate with standard jet engines and inner combustion engines.


Synhelion produces photo voltaic syngas on an industrial scale for the primary time on the earth on the DLR multifocus photo voltaic tower.

Photo voltaic radiation is concentrated by a mirror subject onto a photo voltaic receiver developed by Synhelion within the multifocus photo voltaic tower. The exact mirror subject management expertise was developed and put in by Synhelion Germany. Particularly, a 250-kW receiver from Synhelion was coupled with a 6-meter-high, 12-ton reforming reactor from Wooden on the plant; the reactor is powered by photo voltaic course of warmth. The system as demonstrated has a manufacturing capability of 100 normal cubic meters of syngas per hour.

DAWN would be the first industrial-scale plant to make use of all of the improvements developed by Synhelion. The demonstration plant may even function a mannequin for future industrial crops.

The DAWN plant consists of a 20-meter-high photo voltaic tower and a heliostat subject with a mirror floor of 1,500 m2. The photo voltaic radiation is transformed into high-temperature course of warmth of greater than 1,000°C, then drives the thermochemical response to supply photo voltaic fuels. The reactor is fed with methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) of biowaste origin from a neighborhood paper mill, in addition to water (H2O).

The exact management expertise of the heliostat subject was developed by Synhelion and ensures optimum use of land sources and constructing supplies. The photo voltaic tower homes three improvements developed by Synhelion: a photo voltaic receiver, a thermochemical reactor, and a thermal vitality storage system that permits cost-efficient operation across the clock.

Synhelion’s industrial demonstration plant will produce a number of thousand liters of gasoline per yr. The fuels produced (photo voltaic kerosene and gasoline) will probably be used to reveal varied doable use instances. SWISS would be the first airline to fly on Synhelion’s photo voltaic kerosene. Future deliberate crops will exceed the scale of DAWN and provide a considerably larger manufacturing capability.

The demonstration plant will probably be constructed at Brainergy Park in Jülich, Germany, which affords Synhelion excellent logistic circumstances. Jülich shouldn’t be solely the headquarters of Synhelion Germany, but additionally the situation of Synhelion’s challenge companions, the German Aerospace Heart (DLR) and the Photo voltaic Institute Jülich of Aachen College of Utilized Sciences. The German Federal Ministry for Financial Affairs and Local weather Motion (BMWK) is supporting the development and operation of DAWN with €3.92 million. In the long run, the DAWN facility will probably be primarily used for analysis and improvement functions.


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