It will be the world’s largest research facility for the production of electricity-based fuels. But the financing was shaky. Now the Leuna chemical site is breathing a sigh of relief.
The million-dollar funding was briefly in jeopardy, but now it is clear: the financing of a research facility at the German Aerospace Center in Leuna (Saxony-Anhalt) is secured.
The research project is intended to help reduce CO2 emissions, especially in aviation, and is considered the largest facility of its kind in the world. As Saxony-Anhalt’s Infrastructure Minister Lydia Hüskens (FDP) announced on Thursday, 30 million euros are available for the facility this year Disposal. By 2027 it will be 100 million euros.
“Further research into the potential of e-fuels is an absolute question for the future,” emphasized Hüskens. “E-fuels could become a game-changer, especially for fuel-intensive areas such as aviation.”
The German Aerospace Center wants to start building the plant for so-called e-fuels this year. The plant will initially produce hydrogen from renewable electricity and water. Synthetic crude oil is then extracted using chemical processes. This is intended to reduce CO2, especially in aviation.