The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is investing up to 56 million euros in NRW. The new Institute for Future Fuels is to be established in Jülich. DLR experts will use the capacities to research and develop innovative solutions for the efficient and cost-effective production of climate-neutral fuels from solar energy.
DLR plans to build the institute on the site adjacent to the Synlight building in the Königskamp industrial park. The three-story laboratory building will house ten laboratories with 70 laboratory workstations and 32 office workstations on a total area of 2,000 square meters. DLR customers will also be able to work here in rooms specially designed for them and conduct experiments with Synlight, the world's largest artificial sun.
The laboratory building is scheduled for completion in four years. Until then, DLR plans to use temporary containers for its research activities.
In the future, the institute will play a key role in promoting the use of solar energy to produce clean fuels. These have the potential to replace fossil fuels where there are no alternatives, such as in aviation, heavy goods vehicles and shipping.