LanzaTech and ANA Sign Offtake Agreement

17 July 2019 – LanzaTech and Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), have signed an offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with a target delivery date of 2021. ANA is trying to minimize the environmental impact of their business and meet their sustainable development goals as part of their goal to become the world’s most eco-friendly airline. ANA plans to use the fuel blended with at least 50% conventional jet fuel as per ASTM specifications. LanzaTech is working toward construction of a demonstration plant expected to be in service no later than 2020, which will be quickly followed by building three commercial-scale (30 million gallons per year) plants to be operational by 2023. At a minimum the four plants are expected to produce 100 million gallons per year.

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Solar-to-Jet Fuel Process Experimentally Validated in Spain

17 July 2019 – The SUN-to-LIQUID project, which aims to produce jet fuel from concentrated sunlight, water and CO2, announced they have validated their technology and process outside of the lab and under real field conditions for the first time. The field test is a follow up to the previous SOLAR-JET project that produced solar jet fuel in the lab only. The SUN-to-LIQUID project scaled-up that technology to field testing using a solar-concentrating plant in Spain with an on-site gas-to-liquid plant that processes the gas produced from the solar plant into jet fuel. SUN-to-LIQUID is a four-year project funded by the European Union and Switzerland that will end in December 2019. Read more here.

United's Flight for the Planet

12 June 2019 – On June 5th, World Environment Day, United Airlines embarked on the Flight for the Planet, which they publicized as the most eco-friendly commercial flight in the history of aviation. The flight departed Chicago’s O’Hare Airport bound for LAX on a 30/70 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend and utilized zero cabin waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. United continues to be an advocate for SAF with this flight, their current use of SAF on a continuous basis, and their renewed contract with World Energy Paramount to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive SAF over the next two years.

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Four Finalists Announced for Canada’s The Sky’s the Limit $5 Million Prize

12 June 2019 – Recently, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced the four finalists for The Sky’s the Limit Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition to develop the cleanest, most affordable SAF. Each finalist will receive up to $2 million to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by March 2021. The team deemed to have the most sustainable fuel will be awarded a $5 million Grand Prize to help commercialize their product. The finalists are:

• Carbon Engineering Ltd for its Sustainable Aviation Fuel., made from Air, Water and Renewable Electricity (British Columbia);
• Enerkem for its Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Agro and Forestry Biomass and from Municipal Solid Waste through a Hub and Spoke approach (Quebec);
• FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp for its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon Biojet Project (Alberta); and
• SAF Consortium for its Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from flue gas–captured CO2 and low-carbon hydrogen (Quebec).

Another competition under The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is the Cross-Canada Flight that is challenging industry to power the first ever cross-Canada commercial flight with a minimum 10 percent blend of SAF made in Canada. The competition is open until January 1, 2021. The first producer to meet the challenge will be awarded $1 million. The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is one of Canada’s six challenges where they are investing $75 million in clean technology over four.

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KLM, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy Will Build Commercial SAF Facility

3 June 2019 - KLM, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy announced their investment to build Europe’s first commercial-scale facility dedicated to the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The new HEFA plant will utilize Haldor Topsoe technology and be located in Delfzijl, Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce approximately 33 million gallons of SAF per year from 2022 from regional waste and residue streams as primary feedstocks. KLM has committed to contract 75% of the SAF output for 10 years. Of note is their intent to use renewable hydrogen for the facility in an attempt to get low carbon intensity (CI) scores. It is reported the fuel will deliver at least an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional petroleum-based only fuel. The partnership involved is extensive, including EIT Climate-KIC, Royal Schiphol Group, GROEIfonds, NV NOM, Groningen Seaports, Nouryon, Gasunie, Arcadis, TechnipFMC, Haldor Topsoe, Desmet Ballestra, Susteen Technologies and MBP Solutions.

Click the following links to read more:
KLM press release
SkyNRG press release
SHV Energy press release
Biofuels Digest article

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