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Vertimass Aviation Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding Report)
Vertimass
Date: 2019-11-08
Irvine, California-based Vertimass LLC is reporting receipt of a cost-shared award of up to $1.4 million from the US DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to optimize and commercialize jet biofuel production compatible with the current jet fuel infrastructure.

Existing US ethanol production plants currently have the capacity to produce approximately 16 billion gpy, a level that saturates current use as 10 pct blends with gasoline. However, the new Vertimass catalyst breaks that barrier by producing a hydrocarbon that can be blended at much higher levels. In addition, while ethanol has been traditionally considered too low in energy density for use as a jet fuel, the Vertimass catalyst can overcome that issue.

Initial tests indicate the Vertimass fuels (Vertifuels) are compatible for blending with gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with no engine modifications, but further tests are underway for ASTM certification.

Vertimass is working with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), TechnipFMC, and the University of California, Riverside (UCR). (Source: Vertimass LLC, EngineerLive, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov › eere › bioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Vertimass,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Indonesia Aims to Expand Palm Oil Fuel Production (Int'l Report)
Indonesian National Energy Committee
Date: 2019-11-08
Speaking at the 15th Indonesian Palm Oil Conference recently held in Bali,the Indonesian National Energy Committee Secretary General Djoko Siswanto reported Indonesia is testing palm oil green fuel production at refineries in Dumai and Plaju, and looks to put bio-fuel, including aviation fuel products, on the market by 2022 or 2023.

According to the statement, only 12 pct of the country's refineries produce bio-fuel and the industry is seeking domestic and foreign investors to build more refineries and expand production especially in regions close to oil palm plantations in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Separately, Indonesia's 30 pct biodiesel - petroleum blend policy will come into force in Jan. 2020, and will increase domestic palm oil consumption by roughly 3 million tpy. (Source: Indonesian National Energy Committee , VNA, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Indonesian National Energy Committee , +622 152921, www.den.go.id/index.php

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Palm Oil,  Green Fuel,  Indonesia Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


Danish Scientists Tout Biogas Aviation "Electro Fuel" (Int'l Report)
University of Southern Denmark
Date: 2019-10-30
In Odense, University of Southern Denmark esearchers are reporting the production of sustainable, green aviation fuel from readily available carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and biogas.

The idea is that biogas from manure, straw, food waste or wastewater is supplied to hydrogen, which is obtained by splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. The resultant "electro fuels" can be used for climate-friendly alternatives including aviation fuel. The report was prepared in collaboration with the Nordic aviation industry and engineering consultancy agency NIRAS. (Source: University of Southern Denmark, NIRAS, Xinhua, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Southern Denmark, Prof. Henrik Wenzel, +65 507 374, +65 507,454, henrik.wenzel@kbm.sdu.dk, www.sdu.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Biogas,  


United Airlines Invests $40Mn in SAF, Decarbonisation (Ind. Report)
United Airlines,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2019-10-28
Following up on our Sept. 19th coverage, US air carrier United Airlines is reporting a $40 million commitment to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuels and other technologies to decarbonize the aviation industry.

As previously reported , United agreed to purchase up to 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over the next two years. United also invested over $30 million in Fulcrum Bioenergy, a producer of SAF. The airline's option to purchase almost one billion gallons of sustainable fuel from Fulcrum represents the largest offtake agreement for SAF in the airline industry. (Source: United Airlines, Biofuels Int;l., 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: United Airlines, ;F ulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuels,  Jet Biofuel,  United Airlines,  Fulcrum,  Bioenergy,  


UK Researchers Use Synthetic Biology To Produce Bio-based Jet Fuels (New Prod. & Tech., Int'l.)
University of Manchester,Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Date: 2019-10-23
In the UK, University of Manchester researchers lead by Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and supported by the US-based international maritime research agency Office of Naval Research Global (ONR) are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of bio-based jet fuels from Halomonas bacteria that grows in seawater.

According to the researchers, Halomonas bacteria provides a viable "microbial chassis" that can be engineered for the economical production of next generation bio-based jet fuel. (Source: Univ.of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology Bio Market Insights, 23 Oct., 2019) Contact: University of Manchester, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director, +44 161 306 5200, www.mib.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Manchester,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Manchester Institute of Biotechnology ,  


Gulfstream Flies First SAF-Blend Flights (Ind. Report)
Gukfstream
Date: 2019-10-21
Savannah, Georgia-headquartered Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. reports the Gulfstream G650ER, Gulfstream G600, Gulfstream G500, Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G280 made the company's first carbon-neutral flights, traveling from Savannah, Ga., to Las Vegas using a combination of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The flights used a 30/70 blend of low-carbon, drop-in SAF and traditional, petroleum-based Jet A fuel. The emissions associated with using 70 pct Jet A were more than offset by the company's purchase, for a per-flight-hour fee, of verified emission reduction (VERs) credits through a third-party offset provider. The offsets represented more than 200 percent of the carbon emitted during the trip. (Source: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., PR, 21 Oct., 2019) Contact: Gulfstream Aerospace, www.culfstream.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


WSU Research Contributes to Aviation Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Washington State University,GEVO
Date: 2019-10-07
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF) reports it is working with Washington State University's Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a project that established the availability and sustainability of woody biomass/forest residues as a feedstock for the production of aviation biofuels using Boulder, Colorado-based GEVO technology, The planned biorefinery, which is expected to go into production in 2023, would be constructed at Aberdeen, Washington.

As previously reported, Delta Air Lines, in partnership with NWABF, is investing $2 million to assess the biofuel refinery project's feasibility. Additionally, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded NARA with $39.5 million over 5-years. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF), Washington State Univ. Evergreen, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Washington State University, NARA, Ralph Cavalieri, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.nararenewables.org; Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC Chris Whitworth,Dir. Project Dev., www.facebook.com/NWABiofuels; Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


SkyNRG Touts Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme (Ind. Report)
SkyNRG
Date: 2019-10-04
Amsterdam-based aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG reports the launch of its Board Now programme that allow companies to reduce their business air travel emissions while contributing to the development of a new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility.

By signing up to Board Now, organizations will commit to the purchase of SAF for a period of five years. Investment made through the programme will be used by SkyNRG to cover the price difference between SAF and conventional jet fuel. The renewable fuel will be produced by Europe's first dedicated 100,000 tpy SAF production plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. (Source: SkyNRG, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  


MPOB Seeks Funding for Palm Oil Biojet Fuel R&D (Int'l. R&D)
Malaysian Palm Oil Board
Date: 2019-09-25
In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) could partner firms from Japan, China and the US to develop palm-based jet fuel using byproducts from the country's second-biggest export commodity, palm oil. The project, which is expected to get underway in early 2020, will include a pilot plant for the blended fuel.

The Primary Industries Ministry is seeking roughly RM6 million ($1,453,000 US) in the upcoming budget to support the biojet fuel project. Potential project collaborators include Chinese, U.S. and Japanese firms.

"The funding will be used for the initial setup to produce biojet fuel on a small scale and we will work from there on how to expand into commercial production. The project will also test the sustainability of using other renewable sources such as biomass in producing aviation biofuel," according to the release. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysian Palm Oil Board ,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Delta Invests $2Mn in Forest Biomass Biofuel Study (Ind. Report)
Delta Air Lines,Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels
Date: 2019-09-18
U.S. air carrier Delta Air Lines reports it is partnering with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels (NWABF) for a $2 million study to determine the feasibility of building a facility in Washington State to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products.

The facility would utilize forestry waste and wood "slash" to produce sustainable fuels. The result would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Delta expects the study to be completed by the middle of 2020, at which time it will "evaluate the next steps in moving forward with the project's development" with the expectation that the project would be in production by the end of 2023. Biofuels produced at the facility could provide around 10 pct of the airline's annual jet fuel consumption in the West Coast region.

As previously reported, Delta operated its first carbon-neutral delivery flight, using biofuels on a new A321. The airline also purchases offsets for domestic flights into and out of seven high-traffic airports. (Source: Delta, Air Travel, Sept., 2019) Contact: Delta, Graeme Burnett, VP Fuel Management, www.delta.com; Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, Dave Smoot, www.nifa.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Delta Air Lines,  


Univ. of Alberta Wins $1.6Mn for Jet Biofuel R&D (Funding, R&D)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-09-09
University of Alberta Bioresource scientist David Bressler's work on renewable jet fuels is among 23 projects receiving $27 million in funding from Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada. Bressler's lab scored $1.6 million to help with the $6.2-million project, which also includes funding from Alberta Innovates, private investors and other funding.

With a biofuel research platform dating back to 2003, Bressler's lab has been the focal point of a push to test and validate renewable jet fuels. Oakville, Ontario-based Forge Hydrocarbons, a TEC Edmonton spinoff company based on Bressler's research, is already building a commercial plant. (Source: Univ. of Alberta, Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Alberta, David Bressler, TEC Edmonton, 780.492.8977, info@tecedmonton.com, www.tecedmonton.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, (905) 518-7786, www.forgehc.com; Natural Resource Canada's Western Economic Diversification Canada, www.wd-deo.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


Avfuel Supplying Aviation SAF at Jackson Hole Demo (Ind. Report)
Avfuel Corporation
Date: 2019-08-26
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it will supply 7,300 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to operators flying in and out of Jackson Hole Aviation airfield on September 3 and 4. The initiative is part of a demonstration event to encourage further commercial-scale SAF production and use.

According to Avfuel, "We're committed to raising awareness on the viability of sustainable aviation fuel. Events like these show that the product exists, it is safe, it is simply jet fuel and it provides a great benefit to our environment. By raising awareness, we're hoping to garner commitments from more operators to use SAF and present those commitments to producers, in essence saying -- "Here are our customers. The demand is there. We simply need the supply." (Source: Avfuel Corporation, PR, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel news,  Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  SAF news,  


Lufthansa Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Carbon Offsetting Platform (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Lufthansa
Date: 2019-08-21
In Berlin, German airline Lufthansa's Innovation Hub is reporting the launch of its "Compensaid" sustainability platform focused on carbon-neutral sustainable renewable fuels (SAF). The new platform will allow airline passengers to offset their individual carbon footprint by using SAF, reducing up to 80 pct of their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

"Compensaid" combines a global airline flight tracking tool with a sustainability platform that makes it possible to directly offset individual CO2 emissions. The platform offers two options for carbon offsetting -- the option to replace fossil fuel with SAF, which is calculated through a market-based surcharge on flights, or the alternative is to use Compensaid to support a reforestation project in Nicaragua, reducing CO2 emissions in the long-term. (Source: Lufthansa, Biofuels Int'l., 20 Aug., 2019) Contact: Lufthansa Innovation Hub, Gleb Tritus, Dir., https://de.linkedin.com/in/glebtritus, welcome@lh-innovationhub.com; www.lh-innovationhub.com, www.lufthansagroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Lufthansa,  Carbon Offsetting,  Carbon Offset,  


Finnair Touts First "Push for Change" Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
Finnair,SkyNRG
Date: 2019-08-07
Finnair reports it's first biofuel flights -- August 5th and 7th from Sanfrancisco to Helsinki -- backed by its "Push for Change" carbon decreasing initiative. The flights were fueled with a 12 pct biofuel mix reducing the total C02 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons.

Finnair's biofuels partners in San Francisco are SkyNRG and World Energy; Shell Aviation has provided logistics and supply chain support for the project. The sustainable biofuel was produced from used cooking oil in California. Additional information on Finnair’s Push for Change initiative, including the options to purchase biofuel for future flights as well as the offsetting of carbon emissions through certified projects, can be found on Finnair.com's "Push for hange" site. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily News, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Finnair, Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications, Kati Ihamaki, Director Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Finnair,  SkyNRG,  


German Sustainable Aviation Fuels Initiative Adds Members (Int'l)
Rosneft Deutschland,BP,Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany
Date: 2019-08-02
The Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (AIREG) reports Berlin-based Rosneft Deutschland and BP Europa have become the organizations newest members.

AIREG aims to promote the research, production and usage of sustainable aviation fuels to reduce carbon emissions in aviation through the use of alternative fuels. AIREG members include universities, research institutions, plant manufacturers and operators, petroleum companies, engine and aircraft manufacturers, airports and airlines and others.

Rosneft Deutschland currently produces around 300,000 tpy of jet fuel annually and implements into-plane aviation fuel supply in Munich, Berlin-Tegel, and Berlin-Schonefeld airports. The Russian oil company subsidiary currently blends over 400,000 tonnes of biofuels annuals across three refineries for use in the transportation sector.

BP subsidiary BP Europa is committed to developing and commercializing sustainable aviation fuel to help its customers meet the International Air Transport Association target of a 50 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. (Source: BP, Biofuels Int'l, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Rosneft Deutschland, +49 30 700142500, www.rosneft.de; BP Europa, Jurgen Kuper, Air BP Gen. Mgr., www.bp.com/en/global/bp-europa-se.html; Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany, www.aireg.de/en/home-en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


EgyptAir Operates Record Sustainable Jet Fueled Flight (Int'l.)
EgyptAir, World Energy,
Date: 2019-07-29
In Cairo, Egypt's national air carrier, EgyptAir is reporting receipt of its newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner flew 10,973 kilometres from Seattle to Cairo fueled solely by sustainable aviation fuel to become the world's longest sustainable flight.

EgyptAir is the first operator to use Boeing's new sustainable fuel delivery program that gives airlines the option to pick biofuel for aircraft delivery flights. Sustainable aviation fuels have been shown to help reduce aircraft CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent. The biodiesel biofuel used to power the Dreamliner was created from agricultural waste by Boston-headquartered World Energy at its Paramount, California facility which was designed to produce renewable jet fuel on a commercial scale. (Source: EgyptAir, N Lifestyle, 28 July, 2019) Contact: World Energy, 617-889-7300, Fax: 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News EgyptAir,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  World Energy ,  


Heathrow Calls for Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Support (Int'l.)
Heathrow
Date: 2019-07-24
Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow has urged the government to invest some of the nearly £4 billion raised from Air Passenger Duty (APD) every year to scale up the production of cleaner, more sustainable fuels -- specifically biofuels and other sustainable energy sources.

Heathrow reports it has invested over £100 million on sustainability initiatives over the past six years aiming to operate "carbon neutral airport infrastructure” from 2020. "We support the government's goal to make the UK economy net-zero carbon by 2050, but we believe there is further scope for the government to help the aviation industry move faster by working with other governments to prioritize sustainable fuels for aviation, which is the hardest sector to decarbonize, and set common and progressive targets for the percentage of aviation fuel that must be from sustainable sources," according to a Heathrow update. (Source: Heathrow Airport, ttg media, 23 July, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  


Avinor Purchasing Norwegian Woody Biomass Jet Biofuel (Int'l)
Quantafuel,Avinor
Date: 2019-06-28
In Oslo, Norway's state-owned airport operator Avinor reports it will purchase more than €827,000 of Norwegian produced woody biomass-based aviation biofuel produced by Quantafuel.

Quantafuel's technology produces liquid fuel from biomass, which is comprised of solid wood in the form of chips, sawdust and other qualities. Quantafuel's biomass-to-liquid pilot plant will be located in eastern Norway, according to Avinor. Success of the pilot project will enable Quantafuel to consider a full-scale plant, with preliminary capacity targets of at least 7-9 million lpy of fuel. (Source: Quantafuel, Biofuel Int'l., 27 June, 2019) Contact: Quantafuel, Kjetil Bohn, CEO, contact@quantafuel.com, www.quantafuel.com; Avinor, Dag Falk-Petersen, CEO, www.avinor.no/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Avinor,  


Virgin's Australian Flights Fueled by GEVO SAJF (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2019-06-26
Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports Virgin Australia has used Gevo's sustainable aviation jet fuel (SAJF) on 1 million kilometers of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport. The Gevo fuel was dispensed through the airport's general fuel supply system.

Since the first container of SAJF was delivered to Brisbane back in August 2018, Virgin Australia has continued to work with GEVO and has welcomed three more deliveries of the SAJF since this time, according to the Gevo release.

As previously reported, in October, 2017, Virgin (Airlines) Australia announced a two-year project with Brisbane airport, GEVO and the Queensland Government and worked on the trial with supply partners Caltex and DB Schenker. The first test saw a biofuel blend pumped to 195 domestic and international flights that traveled more than 430,000 kilometres. Additional trials were expected to follow over the next 12 to 18 months. (Source: GEVO, PR, Ethanol Producer, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com; Virgin Australia, +61 7 3295 2296, www.virginaustralia.com/uk; Brisbane Airport, www.bne.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Air Travelers Prefer Aviation Biofuels Over Env. Tax (Int'l)
International Air Transport Association
Date: 2019-06-24
According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) commissioned research, air passengers support the development of new technologies and sustainable aviation biofuels to reduce aviation carbon emissions rather than the imposition of an "environmental" tax on airline tickets.

The commercial air transport industry is targeting a cap of CO2 emissions through carbon neutral growth from 2020 and aims to halve emissions by 2050, compared to 2005 levels, ensure the aviation industry's compatibility with the Paris climate agreement goals. (Source: International Air Transport Association, Biofuels Int'l, 24 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Carbon Tax news,   news,  


SkyNRG, Univ. Limerick Ink Aviation Biofuel MoU (Int'l Report)
SkyNRG, University of Limerick
Date: 2019-06-17
In Ireland, the University of Limerick Bernal Institute reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Netherlands-based SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland.

Under the term of the MoU, the Bernal Institute and SkyNRG will collaborate to explore the potential of a regional Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supply chain in Ireland and "expand the relationship for research cooperation on environmental, technological, societal and market development of sustainable aviation biofuels in the Irish context." The collaboration emerged from the industry drive for the development of SAF production capacity and an EU-wide call to reduce aviation emissions. (Source: University of Limerick, Limerick Leader, 15 June, 2019) Contact: University of Limerick, Dr. Mary Shire, VP Research, vpresearch@ul.ie, +353 (0) 61 213005, www.ul.ie/research/content/research-office; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Boeing Environmental Plan Advances Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Boeing
Date: 2019-06-07
Aviation industry giant Boeing reports the release of its 2019 Global Environment Report highlighting how the company is building cleaner, more fuel-efficient airplanes and finding innovative ways to recycle and conserve resources.

In 2018, Boeing unveiled its new environment strategy through 2025 with ambitious goals to innovate products for environmental performance, reduce emissions, waste, and water and energy consumption at work sites, and to work with communities around the globe. Report highlights include:

  • Working with Etihad Airways to fly a 787 Dreamliner powered partly by biofuel made from desert plants irrigated with seawater;
  • Catalyzing development of sustainable aviation fuel and offering customers the option of using biofuel on delivery flights;
  • Surpassing 2018 targets, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 7.3 pct at work sites, and others. (Source: Boeing, 5 June, 2019) Contact: Boeing Environment, Bryan Scott, VP, Environment, Holly Braithwaite, Mobile: +1 206-900-3962, holly.braithwaite@boeing.com, www.boeing.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Boeing,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


  • KLM Secures Large Sustainable Aviation Fuel Uptake (Int'l Report)
    KLM, SkyNRG
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Dutch air carrier KLM is reporting a 10-year agreement for the development and purchase of 75,000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The agreement is in keeping with KLM's sustainability ambitions and will reduce its CO2 emissions by 200,000 tpy.

    KLM serves as one of the partners in a collaborative project -- called DSL-01 -- that will develop Europe's first dedicated SAF production plant which is expected to open in 2022 and produce 100,000 tpy of SAF and 15,000 tpy of bioLPG as a byproduct. Other partners in the project, which is expected to come in at roughly €260 million ($290 million), include Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy, a global LPG distribution company.

    SAF delivers a CO2 reduction of at least 85 pct compared with fossil fuel and contributes to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulfur emissions. (Source: KLM, AIN Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; KLM Corporate Office, www.klm.com/Office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KLM,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    SkyNRG Developing European Sustainable Jet Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
    SkyNRG
    Date: 2019-05-27
    Further to our 10 Sept., 2018 report, Geneva, Switzerland-base aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG is reporting it will develop Europe's first sustainable aviation fuel production plant in the Dutch province of Groningen. The new facility will use regionally sourced waste streams, such as used cooking oil to produce sustainable fuel and bio propane for KLM and SHV Energy respectively.

    Starting in 2022, the facility will produce 100,000 tpy of sustainable fuel which translates into the aviation industry reducing its CO2 emissions with 270,000 tpy year. The aviation industry is currently responsible for more than 2 pct of the global CO2 emissions.

    Compared with conventional jet fuel, SkyNRG's state of the art facility reduces life cycle CO2 emissions by at least 85 pct In addition, flights using sustainable aviation fuel create significantly less emissions of ultrafine particles and sulphur. (Source: SkyNRG, Climate-KIC, 27 May, 2019)Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Gevo Providing ATJ Fuel to Avfuel Corp. (Ind. Report)
    Gevo,Avfuel
    Date: 2019-05-17
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer Gevo, Inc. reports it will once again provide its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation.

    To date, Avfuel, has received commitments from high-profile OEMs including Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Dassault to use Gevo's ATJ blended with standard jet fuel. This blend not only meets ASTM D1655, but also for every one million gallons produced, approximately 10 million pounds of animal feed and protein goes back into the food chain, according to Gevo. (Source: Geco, Pr, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, pgruber@gevo.com, Avfuel, Keith Sawyer, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com/Fuel/Alternative-Fuels

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Avfuel,  


    Air BP, Neste Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Neste, Air BP
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it is joining Air BP, a leading aviation fuel products and services supplier, to develop a robust supply chain for aviation biofuels in Sweden.

    "Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonizing aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboration gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonize aviation in other markets," according to Neste President and CEO Peter Vanacker.

    Air BP is the specialised aviation division of BP. Air BP services are available at over 1000 airport locations in 70 countries and serves airlines, commercial aviation and general aviation.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Air BP, Innovators, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Air BP, Jon Platt, CEO, +27 (11) 488 5111, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Neste,  BP,  


    Chinese Researchers Claim Biomass Jet Biofuel Breakthrough (Int'l)
    Aviation Biofuel
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China report finding a way to convert plant waste from agriculture and timber woody biomass into high-density aviation fuel that can be used as either a wholesale replacement fuel or as an additive to improve the efficiency of other jet fuels. The research was published in the journal of Joule.

    Cellulose, an abundant polymer that forms the cell walls of plants is the main component in the new biofuel. Although the researchers produced the biofuel at a laboratory scale they believe that the process' cheap, abundant cellulose feedstock, fewer production steps, and lower energy cost and consumption mean it will soon be ready for commercial use. They also predict it will yield higher profits than conventional aviation fuel due to lower production costs. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, ANI, Green Car Congress, Siasat Daily, 23 Mar., 2019) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Ning Li, +86 411- 8437-9598, english.dicp.cas.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


    Mercurius Biorefinery Slated for Queensland, Australia (Int'l)
    Mercurius
    Date: 2019-02-20
    In the Land Down Under, the Queensland State government reports it has given the nod and has funded a biorefinery pilot plant in Gladstone. The 3-month pilot biorefinery will be the trail site for jet fuel and diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste. Construction is due to begin this month and will be carried out by Bellinham, Washington-based Mercurius Biofuels LLC.

    Depending on the pilots success, Mercurius plans to construct a larger demonstration plant, which would scale up production of biofuels and bio-chemicals, according to a company statement.

    Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA.

    REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities (e.g. biogenic portion of MSW), forestry and agriculture. (Source: Mercurius, Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mercurius , Karl Seck, Res., CEO, (360) 941-7207, www.mercuriusbiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mercurius,  Cellulosic,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    SAS Uses EuroBonus to Offset Flight Carbon Footprint (Int'l.)
    SAS Airlaine
    Date: 2019-02-01
    Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark,reports it will offset the flight carbon footprint of all tickets booked using a EuroBonus number, effective today, 1 Feb., 2019. In its efforts to reduce climate-changing emissions, the air carrier will also add more energy efficient aircraft to its fleet and use more biofuels.

    By including carbon offset for its EuroBonus frequent flyer loyalty program members, 40 pct of SAS' passenger-related carbon dioxide emissions will be offset.

    SAS aims to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 pct by the year 2030, when it intends to use biofuel corresponding to total fuel consumption for all SAS domestic flights within Scandinavia. (Source: SAS, FlightGlobal, RusTourismNews, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: SAS, Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO, +372 606 84 60, www.flysas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAS Airline,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Etihad Flies First Flight Using UAE-made Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
    Etihad Airways
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Following up on our November 3rd, 2017 coverage, Abu Dhabi, UEA-based Etihad Airways reports it has flown the world's first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable biofuel derived from plants grown in saltwater.

    The biofuel was produced in the UAE by the not-for-profit Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The biofuel fuel was derived from oil in Salicornia plants grown on the two-hectare Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) farm -- a desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater -- in Masdar City. (Source: Etihad Airways, Trade Arabia News, 17 Jan., 2019)Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  Green Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    JAL Commits to Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2019-01-09
    Japan Airlines (JAL) is reporting it plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda Airport) with an aircraft fueled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., beginning the month. In January 2009, JAL operated a test flight in Japan with SAF using a mixture of three second-generation biofuel feedstocks and in November 2017, the airline operated a passenger flight with SAF from Chicago to Tokyo. The airline also reports it plans to operate a charter flight with SAF made from recycled clothes.

    The SAF initiative is part of JAL's Medium Term Management Plan to actively contribute and tackle Global Sustainable Development Goals, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. (Source: Japan Airlines, PR, 8 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel news,  Jet Biofuel news,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel news,  


    Finnair Touts Biofuel, CO2 Emissions Offset Service (Int'l)
    Finnair,Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Further to our July 30th coverage, Finland's national air carrier Finnair reports it will offer a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels, beginning in early 2019. Finnair's partners for its offset service will include Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnairand the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states.

    The Helsinki-headquartered airline is part of an initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the aviation industry's common CO2 emission reduction targets. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnair, Kati Ihamaki, Director, Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org; www.nefco.org; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Finnair,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  ,  


    British Airways Announces Sustainable Fuels Challenge (Int'l)
    British Airways
    Date: 2018-12-05
    In the UK, air carrier British Airways, In collaboration with Cranfield University, is touting its new "BA 2119: Future of Fuels" challenge aimed at encouraging academics across the U.K. to develop a sustainable alternative fuel able to power a commercial aircraft on a long-haul flight, with up to 300 customers and zero net emissions. BA's challenge is the first time the industry has tasked experts from both aerospace and fuel fields to work in collaboration to tackle this environmental issue.

    The Challenge winning team will receive £25,000 ($31,000) to support further research and a commitment from British Airways to work together to advance the idea. Nominations will be judged by a panel of industry experts based on the potential carbon reduction, innovation, value to the U.K. economy and feasibility of the idea.

    As an early proponent of renewable jet fuels, IAG -- BA's parent company -- has committed to invest as much as $400 million on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years -- the highest ever financial commitment from an airline group. (Source: British Airways, Airline Geeks, 3 Dec., 2018) Contact: British Airways, www.britishairways.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability (Conferences & Events)
    Jet Biofuel
    Date: 2018-10-17
    A coalition of international aviation organizations is reporting its up-coming Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. According to the organizers, the upcoming event reaffirms the general aviation industry's commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The event will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today's general aviation aircraft. Jet fuel blended with SAJF will be available from VNY's four fixed-based operators during the event. Download event details HERE

    According to the Montreal-headquartered Intl Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General Kurt Edwards, "The global business aviation industry has committed to mitigating and ultimately reducing its carbon emissions through a number of measures, including operational improvements and new technologies. Sustainable aviation fuel is a central technology that will propel us to meet our goals. IBAC commends the initiative at Van Nuys Airport as a solid first step with many more to come as business aviation, always on the cutting edge of technology, takes up such fuels."

    Download the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative & Business Aviation Guide HERE Source: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Oct 16, 2018) Contact: NBAA, (202) 783-9000, Fax: (202) 331-8364, info@nbaa.org, www.nbaa.org; Intl Business Aviation Council, (514) 954-6161, info@ibac.org, www.ibac.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Neste, Air BP Seal Green Jet Fuel Cooperation Deal (Int'l)
    Neste,Air BP
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Biofuels specialist Neste and aviation fuel supplier Air BP report they are partnering to scale up the fledgling supply chain for sustainable jet fuels made from waste-based feedstocks and will work together to introduce a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to market at airports through Air BP's global network.

    Neste's MY Renewable Jet Fuel has been used in thousands of commercial flights. Similarly, Air BP has supplied its BP Biojet product at 10 airports across the Nordic countries since 2014.

    The aviation industry is facing mounting pressure to curb emissions ahead of the introduction of the UN-backed CORSIA offsetting scheme, which is set to impose a carbon price on a growing number of airlines with a view to ensuring the sector delivers on its goals of securing 'carbon neutral growth' from 2020 and cutting net aviation emissions in half by 2050. (Source: Neste, BusinessGreen, Others, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; BP Air, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Air BP,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    United Looks to Biofuels for Emissions Reductions (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines,AltAir Fuels
    Date: 2018-09-19
    US air carrier United Airlines reports it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and to that end will continue investing in newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft, implement operational changes to conserve fuel, and expand its use of aviation biofuels.

    The airline also noted a recent Boeing 787 flight from San Francisco to Zurich using a 30/70 blend of biofuel and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel was produced from Carinata seeds by Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc and supplied by AltAir Fuels.

    According to United, the airline has sourced more than 2 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel since 2016 and is responsible for more than 50 pct of the airline industry's commitments to biofuel. Additionally, United was the first airline to regularly use sustainable aviation biofuel and has invested over $30 million in sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy. (Source: United Airlines, Environmental Leader, Sept., 2018) Contact: United Airlines, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/united-airlines; Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com; AltAir Fuels , Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AltAir Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  Agrisoma,  


    SkyNRG Confirms Netherlands Bio-Kerosene Plant Plans (Int'l Report)
    KLM,SkyNRG
    Date: 2018-09-19
    Aviation biofuels specialist SkyNRG is reporting plans to establish a bio-kerosene alternative fuel production facility in the Netherlands. A location for the plant has not yet been finalized but Groningen, Rotterdam and Amsterdam have reportedly been shortlisted.

    Bio-kerosine is made from woody biomass, agricultural and food processing wastes. The Dutch Airline KLM currently imports bio-kerosine from Los Angeles and uses the fuel primarily on fights to the US east coast. (Source: SkyNRG, DutchNews.nl, Sept., 2018) Contact:SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SkyNRG,  


    Agrisoma Carinata Mustard Seed Biofuel Flies United (Ind. Report)
    Agrisoma Biosciences
    Date: 2018-09-14
    Gatineau, Quebec-based Carinata mustard biofuels producer Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports it biofuel is being used by United Airlines. Thirty pct of the jet fuel used in the Boeing will be replaced by Agrisoma's biofuel, leading the company to proclaim the plane will emit 30 pct less greenhouse gases than a regular flight. Currently, the technical and regulatory rules limit to 50 pct the amount of biofuel that can be used in commercial aircraft.

    Carinata mustard can be grow on poor quality land at low cost. Once the oil is extracted from the plant, the residue becomes a protein-rich byproduct that can be used as livestock feed. (Source: Agrisoma, 570 News, 14 Sept., 2018) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, 819-205-7795, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Carinata,  ,  


    Australian Jet Biofuel Delivery Trial Success Announced (Int'l)
    Virgin Australia
    Date: 2018-09-12
    In the Land Down Under, Brisbane Airport is confirming the successful delivery of jet biofuel through the airport's regular fuel system.

    The trial, which involved the delivery of approximately 20,000 litres of jet biofuel imported from the US, was intended to show potential biofuel producers that their product could be mixed with traditional aviation fuels and piped through the Brisbane Airport fueling system to end users.

    In October, 2017, Virgin (Airlines) Australia announced a two-year project with Brisbane airport, US renewable fuel supplier Gevo and the Queensland Government and worked on the trial with supply partners Caltex and DB Schenker. The first test saw a biofuel blend pumped to 195 domestic and international flights that traveled more than 430,000 kilometres. Additional trials are expected over the next 12 to 18 months. (Source: Virgin Australia, Virgin, Airline Ratings, Sept., 2018) Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Virgin Australia, +61 7 3295 2296, www.virginaustralia.com/uk; Brisbane Airport, https://bne.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Indian Jatropha Biofuel Blend Flight Completed (Int'l. Report)
    Jet Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-27
    India's first ever biofuel flight, operated by SpiceJet, completed its maiden trip toda. A 78-seater aircraft Bombardier Q400 aircraft, partially using biojet fuel, took off from Dehradun and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

    The biofuel for the flight was developed and tested by Dehradun-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum. SpiceJet's biofuel is a mix of the oil extracted from the seeds of Jatropha plant and regular aviation turbine fuel, the airline said. (Source: SpiceJet, NDTV, DNA, 27 Aug., 2018) Contact: CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, +91 135 252 5722, www.iip.res.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Jatropha biofuel,  


    Geneva Airport Grounds Renewable Jet Fuel Project (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-08-24
    Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj reports that due to funding shortfalls Geneva Airport has decided not to proceed with its September, 2017 plan to replace 1 pct of the conventional jet fuel used for aircraft with renewable jet fuel in a pilot project with Neste.

    Neste also reports it will continue renewable jet fuel production as planned and volumes will increase year-on-year. With the company's planned additional 1 million ton renewable product capacity in Singapore, renewable jet fuel production is estimated to increase significantly by 2022.

    Under the umbrella of Neste Green Hub, Neste continues efforts linked to the reduction of CO2 emissions in aviation and to support the objectives set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for carbon-neutral growth in aviation from 2020.

    Neste Green Hub connects key stakeholders and creates a platform where airports, solutions providers, airlines, authorities, local community and passengers all unite and contribute to more sustainable traveling. Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel is an essential element in the Green Hub initiative. (Source: Neste, euronews, 22 Aug., 2018) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Ottawa Launches Green Jet Fuel Innovation Competition (Ind. Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2018-08-20
    The Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi has launched the Canadian Federal (Liberal) government's initiative to support and encourage Canadian innovation in the field of low-carbon aviation biofuels.

    Under the 18-month competition, innovators can win $2 million apiece for four teams that develop the most innovative solutions to produce economical and environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. An additional $5 million grand prize is on the line, as well as a Cross-Canada Flight Competition where the first to fuel a Canadian commercial flight using a minimum 10 pct blend of Canadian-made biojet fuel will win $1 million.

    The Canadian aviation industry has targeted a 50 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Global News, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, 613-992-1013, Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca , amarjeetsohi.ca, https://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister/honourable-amarjeet-sohi

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    STEELNOL Touts Steelmaking Waste Gases Ethanol Tech. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,STEELNOL
    Date: 2018-08-13
    The EU Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS) is reporting an innovative process developed in the EU-funded STEELANOL -- production of sustainable, advanced bio-ethANOL through an innovative gas-fermentation process using exhaust gases emitted in the STEEL industry -- project has demonstrated a new, greener use for steel waste gases. Coordinated by steel and mining company ArcelorMittal Belgium, the project has shown that these gases can be recycled and fermented to produce bioethanol transportation fuel and other valuable products including aviation fuels.

    STEELANOL is demonstrating the environmental benefits entailed in recycling waste streams, and reducing steelmaking emissions at source and producing fuel that isn't made from oil keeps fossil fuels in the ground. STEELNOL's technology was developed by project partner and carbon recycling company LanzaTech. In a pioneering gas fermentation process, anaerobic bacteria feed on the CO in steel waste gases to produce bioethanol. This process has no impact on water, food, land use or biodiversity.

    When fully operational in 2020, the Ghent facilities are expected to produce around 80 million lpy of bioethanol with a greenhouse gas impact greenhouse gas impact that is expected to be more than 65 pct lower than that of oil-derived fuels. (Source: CORDIS ( EU Community Research & Development Information Service) , Aug., 2018) Contact: STEELANOL, John Kennedylaan, + 32 (0) 9 347 31 11 , info@steelanol.eu, www.steelanol.eu/en; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  B)2,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Fuel,  Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  


    SAS, Preem Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    SAS,PREEM
    Date: 2018-07-16
    Reporting from Stockholm, Scandinavian airline SAS and Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM have inked a Letter of Intent to partner on the production of renewable jet fuel from forestry residue and other biomass wastes.

    Production is slated to get underway at PREEM's expanded Gothenburg refinery in 2022, with the total capacity for biofuels to be more than 264 million gpy of which a subset will be biojet fuel.

    SAS has set a target to use all renewable jet fuel in its domestic flights by 2030. Preem's goal is to manufacture 3 million cubic meters (793 million gpy of biofuels by 2030. SAS and PREEM intend to enter more detailed and binding agreements by this September. Preem is also planning a separate project that, together with new hydrogen production plants, will increase the company's renewable fuel production capacity by 60 pct. (Source: PREEM, SAS, GreenCar Congress, 14 July, 2018) Contact: SAS, https://sasgroup.net; PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  SAS ,  PREEM,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Velocys Secures Funding for UK Waste-to-Jet Fuel Project (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2018-06-20
    UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured £4.9 million of funding for the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project the company is developing in the UK. As part of the funding package a grant of £434,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

    The project is being developed with support from oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways. The team is developing the engineering and business case for the construction of a first plant in the UK that will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of post-recycled waste into clean-burning, sustainable fuels to be used by British Airways.

    The fuel is expected to deliver over 70 pct greenhouse gas reduction and 90 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel. The project partners expect to reach a final investment decision in the first half of 2020. (Source: Velocys, PR, Business Leader, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    PNNL, LanzaTech Delivering on Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Ind. Report)
    PNNL.LanzTech,ASTM
    Date: 2018-06-15
    As previously reported, ASTM International has recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 -- the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons -- to add ethanol as an approved feedstock for producing alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK), clearing the way for increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuels produced from a variety of feedstocks.

    Supporting this advancement is technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which developed a thermocatalytic process for converting ethanol into ATJ-SPK , and its industrial partner, LanzaTech and its proprietary gas-to-ethanol process. (Source: ASTM Green Car Congress, 12 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; PNNL www.pnnl.gov; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  LanzaTech,  ASTM,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Cathay Pacific Delivering Aircraft on Jet Biofuel Blend (Ind. Report)
    Cathay Pacific,Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Hong Kong-headquartered air carrier Cathay Pacific reports it will use a 10 pct blend of alternative jet biofuel to deliver new of 20 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to Hong Kong over the next 4 years. The first A350-1000 will depart Airbus headquarters in Toulouse on 19 June. A further seven aircraft are due for delivery by the end of 2018.

    In 2014, Cathay Pacific became an equity investor in US-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which focuses on turning municipal solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel. As previously reported, Fulcrum broke ground on its first commercial-scale plant last month in Nevada. When fully operational in 202, the plant is expected to produce approximately 10 million gpy. (Source: Cathay Pacific, 4 June, 2018)Contact: Cathay Pacific, Rupert Hogg, CEO, www.cathaypacific.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cathay Pacific,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  


    Shell, SkyNRG Collaborating on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation,SkyNRG
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Shell Aviation and Geneva, Switzerland-based SkyNRG are reporting a long term strategic collaboration aimed at promoting and developing long-term opportunities for low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. The two firms will jointly fund the effort, according to the release.

    SkyNRG, which blends and distributes sustainable aviation fuel as well as developing regional supply chains, has supplied sustainable aviation fuel to more than 25 airlines worldwide, according to the release.

    Shell Aviation is a leading aviation fuel and lubricants supplier, delivering fuel to around 850 airports in 32 countries, according to the release. (Source: Shell Aviation, Bifuels Int'l, June, 2018) Contact: SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, CEO. Shell Aviation, Anne Anderson, VP, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com; Shell Aviation,www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  Shell Aviation,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Aviation Sustainable Alternative Fuel Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    International Business Aviation Council,
    Date: 2018-05-30
    The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and other aviation industry organization are reporting the joint launch of the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative.

    The initiative aims to reduce business aviation's carbon-environmental footprint where it starts, as opposed to using offsets or other market-based measures. The initiative also addresses the need for for education, as industry players such as operators and fuel providers are not necessarily content with standardization body ASTM's green light and still fear fuel tank and engine damage and warranty issues potentially caused by aviation biofuel usage. The initiative centers on a guide to the use of SAJF.

    The promoters of the initiative are planning a full-scale demonstration at Los Angeles Van Nuys and Paris Le Bourget airports where all aircraft would receive a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel.

    Download the US DOE SAJF details and the full SAJF Value Proposition HERE. (Source: International Business Aviation Council, the National Air Transportation Association, Aviation Week, May 29, 2018) Contact: International Business Aviation Council, www.ibac.org/Business/Aviation; National Air Transportation Association, (202) 774-1535, nata.aero

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Sustainable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Global Bioenergies Consortium Isobutene Demo Funded (Int'l, Funding)
    Global Bioenergies,SkyNRG,Neste
    Date: 2018-05-14
    Evry, France-based Global Bioenergies and an 11 member industrial consortium including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG are reporting receipt of EU funding to demonstrate the production of isobutene from softwood residue derivatives for use in gasoline and jetfuel. The 3-year, €19.7 million project received EU grant funding totaling €13.9 million, €5.7 million of which went to project coordinator Global Bioenergies

    With an estimated forestry residues potential of about 145 million tpy, the European Union has the potential to support the deployment of hundreds of such biorefineries.

    Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide, and the only one in Europe, that is developing a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The Company initially focused on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and other applications, according to the company. (Source: Global Bioenergies, PR GlobeNewswire, 14 May, 2018) Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Bioenergies,  Neste,  Isobutene,  SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  

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