German Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Andreas Peschke visited Sasol's Sasolburg Operation on Wednesday, as part of the partnership between his country and Sasol to decarbonise the aviation sector through sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Earlier this year, Sasol announced that it has partnered with Germany’s Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin – under the Catalyst Research for Sustainable Kerosene (CARE-O-SENE) research project – to lead a consortium to accelerate the development of next-generation catalysts that are essential to produce green kerosene on a commercial scale through its pioneering Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology. Catalysts are used to speed up chemical reactions, increase the yield and improve the quality of refined products. The new FT catalysts are expected to increase the kerosene yield of the process to over 80 percent, thereby optimising use of resources. The technology enables Sasol to produce sustainable products which are increasingly sought after, in a low carbon world.
To date, Germany, through its Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has invested 30 million Euro in the research project, and Sasol 10 million Euro.
Sustainable kerosene is not based on fossil-based raw materials like conventional kerosene but on green hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The technology contributes significantly to sustainably decarbonising sectors such as aviation, since fossil fuels are particularly difficult to replace in this area.
Said Sasol President and CEO, Fleetwood Grobler said Sasol's transformation journey includes focusing on decarbonising their operations, while preserving and growing value. According to Grobler, Sasol have set a target to achieve a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to achieve a net zero by 2050. Grobler added, their expertise in FT technology and catalysts makes them the ideal partner to help Germany and the world decarbonise the aviation sector and make it sustainable over the long term. Sasol's Sasolburg Operations, which is also where the company's journey started 70-plus years ago, is where the testing of the CARE-O-SENE catalyst will take place.