Sustainable Aviation Fuels - Design, Production and Climate Impact

789. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

24 May - 27 May 2023


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Dr. Christoph Arndt and Dr. Markus Köhler, DLR Stuttgart • Prof. Dr. Roland Dittmeyer and Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf, KIT Karlsruhe

Power-to-Liquid fuels are essential for reaching the ambitious climate protection targets and to defossilize the energy sector. Especially in the aviation and maritime sector, liquid fuels are essential due to their high energy density. From today’s perspective, there are no technological alternatives to the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) to drastically decrease greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from aviation, at least for medium- and long-haul flights.

In order to enable a successful application of SAF, existing production routes and catalysts have to be optimized for efficiency and production yield, new integrative plant concepts and novel reactor concepts have to be developed and novel production routes have to be established.

A smart approach to the design and composition of SAF can reduce pollutant emissions, and maximize technical performance. Screening and machine-learning based evaluation of novel fuel candidates can provide valuable insights into their optimization potential.
Besides GHG emissions, the so-called non-CO2-effects are responsible for major part of aviation’s climate impact, with their climate impact being a factor of 2 – 3 higher than the climate impact of GHG-emissions; hence, the non-CO2-effects have to be understood and minimized.

The seminar “Sustainable Aviation Fuels – Design, Production and Climate Impact” is to cover the full process chain from feedstock to production and application of sustainable fuels. This highly interdisciplinary approach combines all aspects with a common target of Synthetic Aviation Fuels. Experts in their field present the current status and developments to come. Young researchers will be encouraged to actively participate with poster presentations, Hot Topic talks, and at a panel discussion

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.