Consortium to Determine Feasibility of Using Waste Biomass to Produce SAJF in South Africa

24 May 2018 – It’s been announced that a consortium made up of Fetola, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa, and SkyNRG will launch a Waste to Wing project that will determine the feasibility of using waste biomass to produce sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) in South Africa. The consortium will work with small and medium-sized suppliers of the feedstock to demonstrate the pre-treatment process and conversion into SAJF that conforms to the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ sustainability standard. The project is supported with approximately $1.4 million from the European Union’s Switch Africa Green Program. The project will leverage lessons learned and share best practices with other African nations.

Red Rock Biofuels Announces Groundbreaking on First Commercial Facility, Orders FT Reactors, Catalysts from Velocys

May 21, 2018 – Red Rock Biofuels has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s first commercial facility in Lakeview, Oregon, will be held on July 18, 2018. The Lakeview facility will use Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology to convert forestry residues into diesel and jet fuel. The facility is expected to turn 136,000 tons of waste woody material into 15 million gallons of drop-in transportation fuels annually.

The groundbreaking announcement comes just a few weeks after Red Rock provided a “notice to proceed” to Velocys to produce the FT reactors and catalysts for the Red Rock biorefinery.

Red Rock Biofuels was one of the initial recipients of Defense Production Act funding back in 2014 to enable the construction of biorefineries. The fuels are intended to be cost-competitive with petroleum-based fuels, be military grade, and have greater than 50% reduction in GHG emission compared to conventional fuels.

CAAFI’s Assistant Director, Chris Tindal, will attend the Red Rock groundbreaking on behalf of CAAFI.

Port of Seattle and 13 Airlines Announce Partnership to Plan for Making Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Available at Sea-Tac Airport

4 May 2018 – The Port of Seattle along with 13 airlines announced they have partnered to create a work plan for providing sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), with the goal of replacing 10 percent of the traditional jet fuel supply within 10 years and increasing to 50 percent by 2050. Airlines typically use approximately 700 million gallons of fuel per year at Sea-Tac.

This effort will continue the Port of Seattle’s work to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and assist airlines in transitioning to SAJF. In addition to planning for the use of SAJF, the work will also explore other mechanisms that could reduce carbon and emissions, including technology, operations, infrastructure, and future aircraft technology. The airlines in the partnership include Alaska Airlines, ANA, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Horizon Air, Icelandair, Lufthansa, Spirit Airlines, ABX Air, Air Transport International, Atlas Air, Lufthansa Cargo, and Singapore Airlines Cargo.

Read more about this partnership here.

USDA AND DOE Announce New Funding Opportunities

Two of CAAFI’s chief collaborators, USDA and DOE, have announced funding opportunities applicable to the development of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

Earlier this week, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) announced their Request for Applications (RFA) for Sustainable Agricultural Systems program that will consist of eight $10 million awards. Letter of Intent Deadline – June 27, 2018. Application Deadline – October 10, 2018. Applications must address one or more of the following 25-year goals:

• Increase growth of agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) from the current 1.5 percent to 2 percent per year and agricultural production by 2 percent annually.
• Improve water and nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient use efficiency by 50 percent.
• Reduce losses due to environmental stresses, insects and other invertebrate pests, weeds, or diseases by 20 percent in crops and animals used for food, fiber, or bioproducts production.
• Produce 50 billion gallons of biofuels and 50 billion pounds of biobased chemicals and bioproducts in the next 25 years.
• Reduce food-borne illnesses to 8.5 cases per 100,000 people in the U.S. population per year.

And yesterday, the U.S. Secretary of Energy announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million, including:

• BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (up to $28 million)
• Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems (up to $15 million)
• Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (up to $20 million)
• Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (up to $15 million)

Letters of Intent for these FOAs are due May 30, 2018, and full applications are due June 27, 2018.

For more information on these DOE funding opportunities click here.

Air Canada Saved 160 Tonnes of Carbon on Earth Day through Innovative Biojet Fuel Project at Toronto Pearson Airport

4 May 2018 - Air Canada saved 160 tonnes of carbon on 22 domestic flights on Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport. Under the project, coordinated by Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), Air Canada is a leading partner, introducing 230,000 litres of sustainable biofuel blended into the airport’s multi-user fuel supply system to show the feasibility of biofuel use in shared fueling systems Canadian airports.

Although biojet has been consumed in Canada in the past, all previous projects have required dedicated tanker trucks directly fueling aircraft. This project at Toronto Pearson is the first of its kind in Canada to blend biojet into the existing multi-user, co-mingled airport fuel supply system, thereby highlighting its feasibility and improving process efficiency. These unique fuel operations are part of CBSCI, a three-year collaborative project between 14 stakeholder organizations working to enable a biojet supply chain in Canada. Primary funding for the project, apart from the fuel purchase by Air Canada, comes from the Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), a non-profit organization funded by the Canadian aerospace industry and Canada’s federal Network of Centres of Excellence.

Read Air Canada’s full press release here.

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