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Climate-neutral alternative fuels

As of: August 2021

Brazil has huge potential in terms of renewable energies – and a rapidly increasing demand for fuel. The project has developed an international reference model for the production and application of climate-neutral fuels, which are produced using wind and solar energy and used in aviation and other transport segments – the electric mobility segment, however, is not included. Fuels are produced and used in a pilot project to prove their feasibility and economic efficiency. The experience gained is systematised and introduced into the international debate on transport sector decarbonisation.

State of implementation/results

  • In May 2021, ProQR presented its project approach in an international context at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) webinar "Sustainable Aviation Fuels".
  • In 2021, the project will participate in further sectoral exchange events, such as webinars and training sessions on Green Hydrogen & PTX and Environmental Permitting Procedures for Decentralised PtL Plants.
  • In March 2021, the study "Preliminary Environmental Assessment fort he Licensing of Renewable Aircraft Fuel Production Plants near Remote Airports in Brazil" was published. This serves as a technical basis for environmental licensing procedures for production plants for renewable synthetic fuels at remote locations.
  • Another study is currently being prepared by ProQR, in partnership with the Energy Planning Agency (EPE), looking at the potential production of syngas from various Brazilian industries.
  • From 20-23 October 2020, ProQR actively participated in the Virtual Socio-Ecological Seminar on Transport Infrastructures, hosted by the Ministry of Infrastructure.
  • Training for key actors took place during a visit of Brazilian companies to Germany and Switzerland in 01/2018 and during a visit of German technology companies to Brazil in 03/2018.
  • In 12/2017, a political advisory board was established for the project. This consists of Brazilian ministries, regulatory authorities and industry associations and undertook a first visit to Germany in April 2018.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication - Brazil

Implementing partner(s):
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

BMU grant:
5.000.000,00 €

08/2017  till  07/2022


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