South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) is partnering with a German-based company in a 40-million-euro research project to “decarbonise aviation fuel”, director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis at UCT, Michael Claeys, announced on Tuesday.
The UCT partnership with Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy is a three-year research project which is expected to develop ways of decarbonising the aviation sector by creating sustainable aviation fuels, Claeys said.
The project would have seven Germans and South Africans working on fuel catalysis research and technology development, with the goal of making large-scale production of “green kerosene” possible by 2025, he said.
Should the research succeed, the aviation industry would become carbon neutral, the UCT professor noted.
“If we can replace kerosene with a defossilised alternative, carbon dioxide emissions will be greatly reduced overall,” Claeys said.
The announcement of the partnership came as global leaders are meeting at Sharma el-Sheik in Egypt to discuss climate change.