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Nationwide platform project to accelerate the market ramp-up of reFuels

The goal of the InnoFuels platform is to network the many national and European research projects on the further development, production, and application of power-to-liquid and biofuels, to identify synergies, and thus to help accelerate the production of larger quantities of electricity-based liquid fuels in particular.

So far, electricity-based fuels have been produced mainly on a research scale. If there are to be increasing blending rates of these fuels in the future and sufficient reFuels are to be available for aviation and shipping, much larger quantities will have to be produced on an industrial scale.

In addition to technical issues, the InnoFuels platform will therefore also discuss the optimum design of rules and economic conditions for the widespread mass production of reFuels. For a rapid market ramp-up, potential producers need clarity and long-term certainty as to whether renewable electricity-based fuels will count toward the greenhouse gas reduction quotas for achieving the European Union's climate protection targets.

The plattform

The InnoFuels platform is intended to bundle all available information on reFuels, jointly develop overall solutions in teams with experts from science, industry and politics, and prepare guidelines as well as research and action recommendations. The project is scheduled to run for 3.5 years and is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport with around 5.2 million euros.

CENA participates in the InnoFuels monitoring group and also leads the aviation application field together with DLR.


In the aviation application area, we want to work together on various issues and then publish statements, recommendations for action and research results in the form of policy papers. To this end, network meetings are held twice a year as face-to-face workshops.

The first step will be to identify obstacles to the market ramp-up of sustainable aviation fuels. Based on this, the network will develop proposals for solutions and concrete measures as well as identify research needs.

The first network meeting on the topic of "Obstacles to the SAF market ramp-up" will take place on February 1, 2024 in Rüsselsheim.


Become part of the network with stakeholders from business, politics, administration, science and associations! Here you can register for free to the network distribution list for the application field aviation of InnoFuels.

InnoFuels is an open network. This means that all interested stakeholders are welcome to join and contribute their views at any time. There are no costs or obligations.

The partners in the project are:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the Institute for Piston Engines and the Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology; Mineralölraffinerie Oberrhein GmbH & Co. KG (MiRO); Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW); e-Mobil BW State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive Baden-Württemberg; Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG; Institute of Aerospace Combustion Technology of the German Aerospace Center; CENA, Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH; Deutsche Lufthansa AG; University of Rostock, Chair of Piston Engines and Internal Combustion Engines; Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH (RRS); Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG; Volkswagen AG; DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH; International PtX Hub Berlin; RheinMain University of Applied Sciences; Frontier Economics Limited.

In addition to the joint applicant, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport, the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport, Housing and Rural Areas, the Competence Center Climate and Noise Protection in Air Transport Hesse (CENA), the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) and, as industry representatives, Mineralölraffinerie Oberrhein and Industriepark Hoechst as well as the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) are represented in the monitoring group, which has a coordinating function.

Contact person

Léonie Lauer

Léonie Lauer

Senior Managerin Fachkommunikation und Netzwerkmanagement


Kompetenzzentrum Klima- und Lärmschutz im Luftverkehr

+49 160 4663153

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