DOE Funds New Bioenergy Crop Research

August 7, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced a $68 million funding commitment for research aimed at making bioenergy feedstocks more productive and resilient. The funding will be distributed over 5 years to the chosen projects. The research is intended enhance understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow the feedstock crops to be productive and survive in stressful environments.

Of the projects chosen to receive the funding, several are especially relevant to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). One focuses on developing pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) as a winter oilseed bioenergy crop in the U.S. Midwest and other temperate regions including the Pacific Northwest. Another focuses on at enhancing camelina (Camelina sativa) oilseed production with minimum nitrogen fertilization.

For the original announcement from DOE click here.

For a complete list of funded projects click here.

Air Transat and SAF+ Consortium have signed Canada’s first SAF Offtake Agreement

July 17, 2020 — Air Transat and the SAF + Consortium have signed the first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreement in Canada. It is the first time a Canadian commercial airline has made an agreement to work with a clean fuel developer. Air Transat made this agreement to help reach their targeted reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. SAF+ Consortium is finishing the construction of a pilot plant in Montreal East that will make jet fuel from carbon dioxide utilizing the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process. The company estimate its jet fuel will have an 80% lower carbon footprint than conventional jet fuel.

Air Transat had its first two delivery flights powered with SAF produced by Neste and supplied by AIrBP in July. Airbus delivered the aircraft from Hamburg, Germany to Montreal. Hamburg is now Airbus’ third site that enables SAF usage for delivery flights, joining Toulouse, France and Mobile, Alabama.

Read more in the press releases here and here and the SAF+ blog here.

Aerion and Carbon Engineering Work to Develop CO2-Based Fuel

July 17, 2020 — Aerion, a supersonic aircraft company, and Carbon Engineering have partnered to develop solutions for carbon neutral supersonic air travel. Carbon Engineering already has a synthetic fuel that is made from carbon dioxide (CO2) that is captured from the atmosphere, water and clean energy. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to find a way for the fuel Carbon Engineering makes to power Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet, a carbon neutral supersonic commercial aircraft. The agreement shows an encouraging step forward for both companies in achieving their common goal of building clean energy transportation networks.

Read Carbon Engineering’s press release here and an article in Biofuels Digest here.

Amazon Air Commits to 12-month Buying Contract for SAF with Shell Aviation

July 14, 2020 — Amazon Air has announced a new commitment to buy up to 6 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The fuel will be added to Amazon’s existing fuel supply at select locations. After two trial flights with SAF earlier this year, Amazon Air reached out to Shell to secure the SAF supply produced by World Energy. Amazon Air made the move to help reduce carbon emissions from its growing cargo operations, as well as assist in building confidence in the SAF industry. This is the latest successful collaborative effort by World Energy and Shell to help businesses decarbonize with SAF solutions.

Read more here.

Neste Becomes First Company to Deliver Sustainable Aviation Fuel via Pipeline

July 14, 2020 — Neste delivered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) using the existing pipeline infrastructure. SAF has been delivered to the airport before via trucks, but this is the first time the fuel was delivered via pipeline where it will be used by major airlines that are committed to reducing carbon emissions. This demonstrates SAF can be delivered in a multi-product pipeline at a major airport, making it possible to become the future standard.

Read more here.

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