Our Corporate History
April 2011 sees the founding of CCP Technology GmbH, with Dr. Mark Misselhorn as its Chief Executive Officer.
In May 2012, CCP Technology signs a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Lufthansa AG.
- The project is launched by conducting technical and economic feasibility studies in order to comprehensively assess and confirm the validity of our approach. The results are positive.
- The development partners acquire extensive specialist knowledge in the field of plasma technology from a Norwegian company that had previously carried out development work on and trials with plasma technology in the 1990s and 2000s. In addition, the most experienced engineers in the world – including the plasma research group led by Prof. Laurent Fulcheri of MINES ParisTech in Sophia Antipolis – are hired to develop this core component.
- Together with TU Munich and ETH Zurich, the partners conduct laboratory tests and set up a network of renowned companies – as development partners – for further components of the reactor.
- Together with the experienced engineers from MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf, Bavaria, a basic process design, basic engineering, and finally detail engineering of a test reactor is successfully developed. In cooperation with the technical inspectorate TÜV Süd, a hazard and operability study (HAZOP) is also carried out to guarantee safety.
At the end of 2017, Lufthansa leaves the project because the consolidation process underway in the European aviation market means it’s essential the airline focuses on its core business.
When the cooperation agreement comes to an end, several executives from within the Lufthansa Group become personally involved with CAPHENIA and invest their own private capital. They are absolutely convinced that it makes all-round sense and is crucial that we develop renewable fuels.
Kay Kratky (former CEO Austrian Airlines), Simone Menne (former CFO Lufthansa AG), and Peter Gerber (CEO Lufthansa Cargo) invest in the company, along with other private individuals with direct links to the project.
In August 2018, Dr. Mark Misselhorn and the majority of CCP shareholders establish CAPHENIA as the successor company to CCP Technology. Dr. Mark Misselhorn is once again installed as CEO. CAPHENIA then assumes all patent and trademark rights as well as the preparatory work performed by CCP Technology in order to continue with the joint mission.
Among others, the founding of CAPHENIA also inspired the former CEO of Lufthansa, Prof. Dr. Christoph Franz, the former CFO of Swiss, Dr. Roland Busch, and the President of the Austrian Aviation Association, Dr. Peter Malanik, to become personally involved with CAPHENIA as investors and shareholders.
To date, a total of more than 9 million euros of private and private-sector capital have been invested in the development of CAPHENIA technology.
CAPHENIA is today the sole owner of over 200 patent applications relating to the CAPHENIA process (with more than 130 globally granted patents).
The company has a highly motivated, well-organized team as well as a group of renowned experts and partners who provide support.
CEO of CAPHENIA
CAPHENIA investor, former CFO of Lufthansa AG and Boehringer Ingelheim, Supervisory Board member of BMW Group and Deutsche Post DHL Group
Chairman of the Supervisory Board and CAPHENIA investor, former CEO of Austrian Airlines
CAPHENIA shareholder, Chairman of the Board at Roche, and former CEO of Lufthansa AG
CAPHENIA investor, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo
CAPHENIA investor, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Delvag Versicherungs-AG and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yonder AG in Switzerland
Leading expert in graphite plasma electrodes and head of the plasma research group in Sophia Antipolis, France
CAPHENIA shareholder, President of the Austrian Aviation Association and former CEO of Austrian Airlines
What does CAPHENIA actually mean?
Our company name is derived from the phrase “CARBON PHENIX ARISING FROM THE ASHES.” That’s because a carbon phenix is a perfect match for what we do. In mythology, the phenix is a bird that burns up at the end of its life cycle and then arises again from its own ashes. This image also symbolizes the process in our reactor: First of all, solid carbon is formed there – that is, ash. We transform this ash into fuels that provide new energy for drives.
The CAPHENIA process therefore resembles the phenix that arises from the ashes: Fuels combust at the end of their life cycle and become CO2. We then use this carbon dioxide to create new fuels. CAPHENIA consequently stands for the perpetual cycle of new energy and life.