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Wednesday, May 25 2022 - 11:00
International consortium to advance decarbonisation of the aviation sector
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 25, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- CARE-O-SENE research project will develop advanced catalysts for sustainable 
aviation fuels

Sasol (JSE: SOL, NYSE SSL) and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) will lead a 
consortium to develop and optimise next-generation catalysts that will play a 
key role in decarbonising the aviation sector through sustainable aviation 
fuels (SAF).

At a ceremony at Sasol's global headquarters in Johannesburg today, South 
African President Cyril Ramaphosa and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attended 
the launch of CARE-O-SENE (Catalyst Research for Sustainable Kerosene) research 
project, to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research 
(BMBF) and Sasol.

Sasol joins forces with five other world-leading organisations in Germany and 
South Africa to accelerate the development of catalysts that are essential to 
produce green kerosene on a commercial scale through Fischer-Tropsch (FT) 

"We are delighted to have been selected to lead this important project," said 
Fleetwood Grobler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sasol Limited. "Our 
expertise in FT technology and catalysts makes us the ideal partner to help 
Germany and the world decarbonise the aviation sector and make it sustainable 
over the long-term."

Prof. Dr. Bernd Rech, Scientific Managing Director of HZB adds, "CARE-O-SENE 
will enable us to accelerate innovation in a crucial field of green energy. 
This can only be achieved in a global partnership by deeply integrating 
fundamental research and technology development on an industry relevant scale."

Other CARE-O-SENE project partners include the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic 
Technologies and Systems (IKTS), the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 
the University of Cape Town, Department of Chemical Engineering (UCT) and 
INERATEC GmbH. The consortium expresses its sincere gratitude to the German 
Federal Ministry of Education and Research for supporting these important 

CARE-O-SENE will run for three years and pursues the goal of setting the course 
for large-scale commercialisation of green kerosene production by 2025 with its 
research on catalysts. 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 fuel yield of the process to over 80 
percent, thereby optimising use of resources.

Unlike conventional kerosene derived from fossil feedstocks, SAF can be made 
from green hydrogen and sustainable carbon dioxide sources. Developing SAF is 
key to a sustainable decarbonisation of the hard-to-abate aviation industry, 
and the main lever for net zero aviation. The underlying technology to 
developing SAF at scale from green hydrogen and sustainable carbon sources is 
FT technology, in which Sasol has been a global leader for more than 70 years.

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