Heliogen, Inc. (HLGN), a provider of AI-enabled concentrated solar energy technology, announced it has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) with Dimensional Energy, a sustainable fuels company, to jointly produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Heliogen’s concentrated solar thermal demonstration facility in Lancaster, Calif. This first-of-its-kind collaboration aims to create a reserve of jet fuel created from sunlight and air to enable the rapid decarbonization of the aviation industry.
The companies will work to deploy Heliogen’s proprietary, artificial intelligence (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 platform. The hydrogen will be produced leveraging the previously announced successful demonstration of Heliogen’s concentrated solar technology. As part of the collaboration between Heliogen and Dimensional Energy, the LOI includes a goal of building a fully integrated ~1 barrel per day drop-in ready SAF demonstration. The parties expect the demonstration project to be the first step to developing a pipeline for approximately 3 million barrels of fuel over the next ten years.