Brazilian representatives from government agencies, universities and the private sector meet in Germany united by their commitment to enabling sustainable alternatives for fossil fuels

Carbon neutrality is increasingly consolidating to be the future of global aviation. However, to achieve the necessary technological innovations, it is essential to level and exchange practices and knowledge between countries. To this end, a Brazilian Technical Mission on Renewable Electrofuels for Aviation departed towards Germany. Between June 19 and 24, Brazilian representatives from government agencies, universities and private initiative, united by their commitment to enabling sustainable alternatives for fossil fuels, will have the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders from both countries and interact on aerospace and alternative fuels.

The Mission is promoted by the project ProQR – Climate-neutral Alternative Fuels with the support of the H2Brasil initiative. Both projects are carried out by the German-Brazilian Cooperation for Sustainable Development, through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the Ministries of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI) and the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).

Among the highlights of the visit’s schedule is the participation in the International Aviation Exhibition (ILA) 2022 in Berlin. The group will also visit the first SAF plant in Germany, operated by the company Atmosfair, and will enter into dialogue with research institutes of excellence. The mission will also participate in an exchange with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection and Climate Protection (BMWK), the current ProQR funder through the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The visit is an important milestone for the topic, promoting the exchange of experiences related to governance models and public policies, since BMWK is responsible for promoting the energy transition and decarbonization of the energy matrix in Germany.

The delegation is composed of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the Energy Research Company (EPE), the National Civil Aviation Secretariat (SAC), the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), the National Industrial Education Service – Senai Institute of Innovation and Renewable Energies (SENAI ISI – ER), the German Aerospace Center (DRL), airport concessionaires (Fraport) and the Development Agency of the State of Ceará (ADECE).

Eduardo Soriano Lousada, Director of the Structuring Technologies Department at MCTI, points out:

“We are realizing this mission at a very dynamic moment in the Brazilian political scenery. Last week, for example, we launched a public call for companies to finance, among others, SAF projects on a larger scale. We are expecting major projects and take advantage of the exchange with the reference institutions in Germany at this time. On the other hand, we also have something to share, bringing our experience in the field of biofuels and their certification, for example.”

International Aviation Exhibition (ILA) 2022

At ILA, the ProQR project, in partnership with the Power-to-X-Hub, will support the “Shaping Sustainable Aviation” event on June 24. Presentations are planned on the engagement, opportunities, and Brazilian pioneering on the topic of SAFs and the participation of the Director of Biofuels of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Fábio Vinhado, in a panel on the book and claim supply system, a topic of extreme prominence in international discussions on how to develop an international market for alternative aerospace fuels.

The presence of the Mission at ILA will enable participants to get in touch with the future of aviation, in addition to being able to share Brazilian expertise with the world. ProQR will also be present at the PtX Hub stand at the Exhibition Fair (Aviation Hall 4, No.133. from 10 AM to 6 PM).

The ILA 2022 exhibition will last from 22 to 26 June and takes place at Berlin International Airport (BER), with more than 1000 exhibitors, who will feature the most current aerospace technologies developed in the world. For the sectoral participants such as industries, space agencies, military, politicians and scientists in the field, ILA promotes dialogue sessions. The general public can check out a large static display of aircraft, as well as air shows and an online program.

Technical visits in pilot plant and research institutions

In addition to the activities at ILA, the mission schedule is also on the schedule to visit the world’s first commercial SAF plant. Located in the northern German city of Werlte, the plant is a venture of Atmosfair, a German non-profit organization that operates internationally in initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. The visit is an excellent opportunity to see in operation the state-of-the-art technology used to produce SAF from renewable energy, CO2 and water. There will also be a visit to the premises of Fraunhofer IKTS, a specialized German association that is an international reference in the production of ceramic materials for industrial application, including SAF improvement processes. Also present will be partners of the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, one of the oldest active higher education institutions and which has established itself as one of the world leaders in energy studies. Follow our page and social networks to learn about updates on this mission.

Ruth Barbosa and Vitoria Souza contributed to this article.

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