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British Airways Contracts with Velocys to Develop Waste-based Alternative Jet Fuel Facilities

19 September 2017 - British Airways has partnered with Velocys, a renewable fuels company, to design a series of municipal solid waste (MSW) to jet fuel facilities in order to fulfill their commitment to reduce net emissions by 50 percent by 2050. The first planned facility will produce enough fuel for all their 787 flights from London to San Jose, CA and New Orleans, LA for an entire year. The recent changes to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) by the Department of Transport that enabled sustainable alternative jet fuel to claim credits under the incentive scheme is expected to provide long-term support for the market.

To read the news releases click on the following links: British Airways new release and Velocys news release.

Enerkem Facility Becomes First Commercial-scale Plant to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol from Mixed MSW

19 September 2017 – Enerkem has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016 from its facility in Edmonton, Canada and now, with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year, has become the first facility in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) on a commercial-scale. Enerkem is planning on increasing production at the Edmonton facility while preparing to build their next facility in parallel. While ethanol is not usable in jet aircraft, CAAFI is woekring with task forces to pursue an ethanol to alternative jet fuel certification in ASTM.

Read Enerkem’s news release here.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Alternative Fuel Symposium in Vancouver, Canada

19 September 2017 – On November 16-17, 2017, IATA will host an Alternative Fuel Symposium in Vancouver, Canada that provides a platform for industry professionals to interact and find out about the latest developments and insights from leaders in the market. The program will include panels on the following topics: outcomes from the 2nd ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels in Mexico, 2020 Production Potential, Innovative Deployment Solutions, Global and Regional Initiatives, and Airline Strategy and Demand Trends including CORSIA Eligibility and Future Challenges. This seminar is open to the public and registration is currently open.

For more information or to register for the event, please go to the event website.

Engineering Sugarcane for Efficient Conversion to Alternative Jet Fuel

19 September 2017 – The Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS) project at the University of Illinois and funded by the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program has developed lipidcane, which is sugarcane that produces oil instead of sugar. The oil from the lipidcane can be converted directly via hydroprocessing of esters and fatty acids (HEFA), and therefore more efficiently by eliminating the need to convert the sugars to ethanol before then converting the ethanol to alternative jet fuel. By replacing the sugars in sugarcane with oil and eliminating the extra step makes it possible to reduce the cost of the feedstock. The research found that lipidcane with 5% oil produces four times more jet fuel (416 gallons) per hectare than soybeans.

Go here to read more about the study.

UK Offering Funding for Waste-based Alternative Jet Fuels

19 September 2017 – The Department of Transport in the United Kingdom is offering £22 million to develop alternative jet fuel from waste. The goal is for the funding to help develop five new plants by 2021. Approximately 70 groups have already expressed an interest in applying for the funding. The Department of Transport claims sustainable fuels made from waste materials could support up to 9,800 new jobs by 2030.

Read more here

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