Heliogen Inc, a provider of AI-enabled solar energy technology recently announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with Dimensional Energy, a sustainable fuel company, to work in collaboration and jointly produce sustainable aviation fuel at Heliogen’s concentrated solar thermal demonstration facility in Lancaster California. The company claims that it is a first-of-its-kind collaboration aimed to create a reserve of jet fuel created from sunlight and air to facilitate the rapid decarbonisation of the aviation industry.
“At Heliogen, our mission is to decarbonize industry by delivering advanced renewable energy systems that are more affordable than fossil fuels and we are thrilled to collaborate with Dimensional Energy to advance the decarbonization of the aviation industry,” said Bill Gross, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Heliogen. “Dimensional’s flexible thermal utilization platform is the most scalable and cost-effective solution, and when combined with Heliogen’s transformative concentrated solar technology, this partnership brings us one crucial step closer to a future where we can fly planes on fuel created by sunlight and air – not fossil fuels.”
“This collaboration with Heliogen represents a key development in our vision of a world free from fossil fuel dependency,” said Jason Salfi, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, of Dimensional Energy. “Leveraging Heliogen’s breakthrough technology to use sunlight to produce SAF will help demonstrate the potential for a truly carbon-free, more affordable, and drop-in replacement for conventional jet fuel.”
The two companies will work in tandem to deploy Heliogen’s proprietary AI-powered HelioHeat technology to convert sunlight directly into thermal energy in the form of high-temperature steam and air that will be used to produce green hydrogen for Dimensional Energy’s Reactor technology. The hydrogen will be generated by utilising the previous demonstration of Heliogen’s concentrated solar technology. As part of the collaboration between Heliogen and Dimensional Energy, the LOI also includes a goal of building a fully integrated approximately 1 barrel a day drop-in ready SAF demonstration.