This is our history.
A vision coming true.
From theory to fuel production
It all started with a crazy idea at ETH Zurich. What if we could reverse combustion? The idea worked – at first on paper, then in the lab, and finally in the field. In 2016, Synhelion was founded to bring solar fuels to market. With our pioneering technology, we want to create a global impact and effectively reduce CO2 emissions.
Solar fuels enable industries to drastically lower their immediate carbon footprint and develop a roadmap toward complete carbon neutrality. In 2023, we will launch the world’s first industrial solar fuel production plant. Within the next ten years, we are planning to ramp up production capacity to produce 875 million liters of solar fuel per year, enough to cover about half of Switzerland’s jet fuel consumption.
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded US$ 3.2 million to a joint project from CEMEX, Sandia Labs, and Synhelion, which aims to decarbonize cement production.
Synhelion raises CHF 22 million investment to drive the scaling of solar fuel production. SWISS’ first investment underpins its commitment to bringing Synhelion’s fuels to market.
Synhelion starts construction of DAWN – the world’s first industrial demonstration plant to produce solar fuels using solar heat.
Synhelion is the first company in the world to succeed in producing syngas on an industrial scale using only solar heat as energy source.
SWISS is going to be the world’s first airline to use Synhelion solar fuel.
Synhelion and CEMEX produce the world’s first solar cement.
Synhelion successfully closes its CHF 16 million Series B funding round.
Switzerland’s largest automobile importer AMAG Group makes its first investment in Synhelion with its climate and innovation fund.
Synhelion pushes ahead with internationalization and acquires German expert in concentrated solar power technology Heliokon GmbH, which becomes Synhelion Germany GmbH.
To further accelerate the path to market maturity, we partnered up with Wood, a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment.
Research Collaboration Agreement with CEMEX, one of the largest building materials companies in the world, to reduce CO2 emissions in the cement manufacturing process.
Memorandum of Understanding signed with Zurich Airport for fuel uptake from first demo plant at production cost.
Start of collaboration with Lufthansa Group and its subsidiaries SWISS and Edelweiss to accelerate the market entry of solar aviation fuels (SAF).
The 250 kW Synhelion solar receiver pilot at the DLR Synlight reaches world record outlet temperatures beyond 1’500°C.
The solar mini-refinery at ETH Zurich produces the world’s first carbon-neutral fuel from ambient air and sunlight.
Merger with Sunredox GmbH, contributing extensive expertise in reactor technology.
Joint Collaboration Agreement with Eni to industrialize Synhelion’s fuel technology.
Synhelion develops the idea for its breakthrough technology.
Synhelion SA is founded.
World’s first solar kerosene from H2O and CO2 in the lab at ETH Zurich.
First lab demonstration of syngas production in a solar reactor at ETH Zurich.
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