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New Study Finds Blending Alternative Jet fuel with Conventional Jet A Reduces Particle Emissions at Cruising Altitude

21 March 2017 – A new study published in Nature finds that blending sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) with conventional Jet A reduces particle emissions in aircraft exhaust at cruising altitudes. These findings are based on observations from a recent NASA DC-8 research flight that sampled engine exhaust from a 50:50 blend of conventional Jet A and Camelina-based SAJF, as well as from neat conventional Jet A. Exhaust plumes were sampled by a trailing aircraft at an appropriate distance to ensure the exhaust from each fuel tested did not mix. After comparing the data, researchers found that the 50:50 Camelina/Jet-A blend reduced particle emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to pure Jet A. This study suggests that widespread use of SAJF may be a viable strategy to reduce pollutant emissions from the aviation sector.

SAJF used in the experiment was produced using the ASTM approved Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA-SPK) production pathway.

For more information on the experiment and its findings, refer to the full study.

CAAFI Leadership and Partners Make 2017 Top 100 People in Advanced Bioeconomy List

2 March 2017 – Congratulations to numerous CAAFI leadership team members and CAAFI partners who were recently voted into the Biofuel Digest’s Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2017! The list is annually populated based on votes by readers and the editorial board of the Digest.

Congratulations again to the CAAFI leads and collaborators listed below:

Steve Csonka, CAAFI Executive Director
Harry Baumes, USDA
Chris Cassidy, USDA
Todd Hubbell, USDA
Nancy Young, A4A, CAAFI Environment Team Co-lead
Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech
Jonathan Male, U.S. Department of Energy
Jim Macias, Fulcrum BioEnergy
Pat Gruber, Gevo
Bryan Sherbacow, AltAir Fuels
Tom Vilsack, President US Dairy Export Council
Chris Tindal, US Navy
Wally Tyner, Purdue
Cindy Thyfault, Westar Trade Resources
Maarten van Dijk, SkyNRG
Joanne Ivancic, Advanced Biofuels USA

To see the full 2017 list, see The Digest here.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Alternative Fuels Seminar in Montreal, Canada

26 January 2017 – On February 8-9, 2017, ICAO will host an Alternative Fuels Seminar in Montreal, Canada, to discuss the current state of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) deployment, sustainability criteria, life-cycle analysis methodologies, and the regulatory frameworks that support the deployment of SAJF. Topics and ideas discussed at this event will act as the basis for the ICAO Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels, which will take place later in 2017. This seminar is open to the public. Registration for the Seminar is currently open; however, on-site registration will also be available.

For more information on the Seminar, refer to the event website.

USAF Releases FOA for Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Projects

24 January 2017 – On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Air Force released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for new Defense Production Act Title III Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project funding. Funding will be awarded to projects that increase the production of domestic advanced biofuels through the development of Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capabilities. IBPE capabilities should represent the entire value chain for advanced biofuels. Eligible projects must: result in domestic advanced biofuels suitable for military use, a production capacity of at least 10 million gallons per year, be produced using acceptable feedstocks, and be compliant with the Energy Independence Security Act of 2007, Section 526 for greenhouse gases.

For more information, refer to the USAF announcement.

DOE BETO and USDA NIFA Release NOI for Biomass Research and Development RFA

17 January 2017 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), released a Notice of Intent for a Request for Applications (RFA) for Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) on January 13, 2017. The RFA will call for applications for funding for the economic and environmental improvement of renewable biomass sources, as well as the diversification and increased availability of renewable fuels and bioproducts. Specifically, applications for funding will be requested for the following three areas:

1. Feedstocks development
2. Biofuels and biobased products development
3. Biofuels development analysis

The RFA is expected to be announced by USDA in February 2017. For more information, refer to the NOI and EERE announcement.

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