Mission Possible!

Zenid One: The world’s first circular jet fuel for the market

Flying is a significant contributor to the worldwide CO2 exhaust that causes climate change, with an estimation of 3%. This contribution to the CO2 exhaust is expected to grow to a multitude of that 3 % the coming decades. Therefore the aviation industry commited to CO2 exhaust reduction targets.

To make this possible, the development and production of scaleable alternative fuels is essential. Starting in 2022, the Zenid One demonstration plant will produce a synthetic jet fuel made from CO2 and water filtered from ambient air.

Zenid One will fully run on renewable electricity. A chain of modular innovative technologies filter CO2 and water from ambient air and refine it into kerosene that is delivered to aircraft. When flying the aircraft engines burn the fuel and CO2 is released again, Zenid One filters similar amounts of CO2 from the air for refining into new kerosene:

> The start of circular aviation.

Visitor Centre: From ‘less damaging’ construction to fundamentally regenerative architecture

Zenid One will offer tours that provide explanatory experiences to school classes, students, business delegations, political delegations and tourists. Zenid One is located in an area with educational buildings, offices and warehouses. The landscape geometry, in combination with  strategically placed ETFE screens, dillute modest production noises while keeping the demo plant well visible to the public. At the South-West corner the landscape folds up providing exhibition space, a small auditorium, a meeting room and an office.

The design reflects the character of the modular factory and the benefits of the fuel by:

  • Leaving plenty of space in the landscape for fresh water and arable land, illustrating the advantages of this fuel relative to biofuels. This allows the regeneration of indigenous vegetation and pollinator population in the area,
  • Designing and executing in a fully circular manner, closing water, energy, waste and material circles,
  • Taking the reduction of CO2 exhaust further into reversed linear sequestration of CO2 by applying materials that act as CO2 storage, including ‘Made of Air’, recycled concrete infused with CO2, massive glueless laminated wood, olivine and other.


> Building as an act of environmental protection and regeneration!

  • CLIENT Schiphol Group
  • YEAR 2019
  • WE DID Initiator, landscape design, architectural design, material concept
  • PARTNERS Climeworks, Urban Crossovers, SkyNRG, Sunfire, Ineratec, EDL, Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport
  • SIZE5.000 m2 landscaped site with 550 m2 visitor centre
  • STATUSOngoing
  • LOCATIONRotterdam, The Netherlands
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