Sustainably produced, electricity-based fuels are an essential component of an environmentally friendly mobility system. Especially in aviation, there will be no alternative to liquid energy sources for most applications in the foreseeable future. A major challenge for the widespread use of electricity-based fuels (Power-to-Liquid, PtL) is the upscaling to industrial production levels and the optimised overall integration of the individual technology components required for production.

In order to address this issue, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) commissioned a study on the “Conceptual and Technical Design of a Development Platform for PtL Fuels” (“Konzeptionelle und technische Ausgestaltung einer Entwicklungsplattform für PtL-Kraftstoffe”), which was supported by NOW.

As part of this study, a consortium consisting of the German Aerospace Center (DLR – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and John Brown Voest GmbH (JBV) developed a concept for the construction and operation of a modular PtL development platform. The facility to be designed is to comprise both a research and a demonstration module in order to test new types of technology components in an integrated manner along the PtL production process.

The BMVI is working towards launching an open call for funding for the construction and operation of the PtL development platform, which is to occur before the end of the current legislative period.

The results of the study have been presented at an online concluding event on Thursday, 15.07.2021, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon



  • Welcome and presentation of the BMVI’s overall support concept for renewable fuels | Dr. Hendrik Haßheider, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)
  • Development Platform for Electricity-Based Fuels – Overview and Discussion | Dr. Manfred Aigner, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Technical design of a development platform for electricity-based fuels | Dr. Martin Kaltschmitt, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Uwe Gaudig, John Brown Voest GmbH (JBV)
  • Organisational design of a development platform for electricity-based fuels | Uwe Molzberger, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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