Synhelion is on a mission to replace fossil fuels by economically viable synthetic fuels, which are compatible with the current global fuel infrastructure and reduce net CO2 emissions by up to 100 percent.
Synhelion uses solar heat to convert water and CO2 into synthetic fuels – so-called solar fuels. Solar radiation from the mirror field is absorbed in the receiver and converted into high-temperature process heat (>1000°C), which drives a thermochemical reactor to produce syngas. The syngas is then processed by standard gas-to-liquids technology into fuels. The integrated thermal energy storage enables continuous 24/7 fuel production. The solutions of Synhelion combine state-of-the-art solar tower systems with proprietary high-temperature thermochemical processes for the production of solar fuels.
Synhelion has teamed up with the leading energy company Eni S.p.A. to further develop the Synhelion innovations into a viable commercial technology. The two companies signed a cooperation agreement in 2017. The collaboration targets the development of pilot plants at different scales until the technology is industrialized.