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Expert workshop "Alcohol-to-Jet for Sustainable Aviation Fuels"

Regional waste and residual materials as an option for sustainable aviation with SAF made in Germany

On 12 January 2023, CENA and aireg invited around 60 representatives from the fields of politics, authorities, business, research and associations to the Hessian State Representation in Berlin to discuss issues surrounding the topic of "Alcohol-to-Jet for Sustainable Aviation Fuels".

In the Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) process, biogenic waste and residual materials are converted into CO2-neutral fuels. In particular, the type and origin of the biomass and its availability play a decisive role in the sustainability and also the cost of the end product. Likewise, still pending EU regulations influence to a large extent which chances "SAF made in Germany" will have in the future.

Five interesting presentations and the subsequent panel discussion explored the questions of how AtJ fuels can be sustainably produced domestically, how this technology can contribute to the defossilization of aviation, and what regulatory and other hurdles and obstacles currently exist for production and use in Germany. In addition to a market overview of SAF production paths and cost aspects, practical experiences from a concrete AtJ project and investment project of the HCS Group were presented.

We thank you for the great interest and look forward to follow-up formats! Here you can download the slides of the presentations [German only].


10:00 a.m.: Admission

10:30 a.m.: Welcome (Regine Barth, Head of Staff Unit Aircraft Noise Protection and Sustainable Air Transport Economics, HMWEVW / Bernhard Dietrich, Head of CENA Hessen / Melanie Form, Managing Director, aireg)

10:40 a.m.: "From Biomass to Aircraft" - Manufacturing Process AtJ (Dr. Arne Roth, Head of Innovation Field Sustainable Catalytic Processes, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB)

11:00 a.m.: The Role of AtJ For Climate-neutral Logistics (Dr. Henrik von Storch, Team Lead Clean Operations, DHL)

11:30 a.m.: AtJ-SAF in Competition With Other Bio-based Products and Energy Sources (Dr.-Ing. Franziska Müller-Langer, DBFZ German Biomass Research Center gGmbH)

12:00 Break

13:00: Sustainable Kerosene - Made in Germany: Investment Project "Amelia" of HCS Group - Success Factors and Challenges (Dr. Harald Dialer, HCS Group)

1:30 p.m.: "Fuel Turnaround in International Aviation" - Status of Regulation and Remaining Challenges in the Field of Sustainable Resources in Biomass-Based Fuels (Falk Heinen, Head of Department Technical Transport Issues and Fuels, BMUV)

14:00: Panel discussion (Falk Heinen, BMUV / Dr.-Ing. Franziska Müller-Langer, DBFZ / Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen, Atmosfair / Jan Pechstein, Deutsche Lufthansa, Dr. Harald Dialer, HCS Group)

15:00 End


Jan Pechstein (Lufthansa), Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen (Atmosfair), Dr. Harald Dialer (HCS Group), Dr. Franziska Müller-Langer (DBFZ), and Falk Heinen (BMUV) in discussion with Bernhard Dietrich (CENA Hessen) at the AtJ panel (v. l. n. r.)

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