Call for Topics – Research, Development Priorities for Alternative Aviation Fuel Development
Topics Due 05/04/12, Papers (if selected) due 08/01/12
The CAAFI R&D team is requesting topics for white papers addressing critical research and development barriers. These topics and the papers that will follow will form the basis for a formal CAAFI position on research and investment priorities.
One key outcome of the R+D Team breakout session at the 2011 CAAFI General Meeting was an expressed desire for the R+D Team to take a role in synthesizing input from the wider community to identify the critical technology gaps that are preventing commercial roll-out of cheaper, more scalable production of alternative aviation fuels.
Request for Topics:
The first step of this process is this call for proposed white paper topics, giving a very brief description of a key technology challenge facing alternative aviation fuels. Broad subject areas listed below are suggestions to stimulate thought, but are not an exhaustive list. Specific topic areas within these or other categories of research challenge are requested:
• Novel Fuel Development (e.g., electrofuels, other totally new processes)
• Analyses – Technoeconomic, Fuel Testing and Analysis, Quality Control
• Feedstock Production
• Feedstock Logistics/Transportation/Infrastructure (e.g., Harvesting, Vehicles, Densification)
• Feedstock Conversion to Fuel
• Fuel Refinement and Blending
• Final Fuel Distribution
The requested submissions should concisely address the following three items for each topic
• What is the barrier?
• What is the basis/background that makes this a high R+D priority?
•Explain the solvability of the barrier by giving direction for R&D investment/effort.
The following example is illustrative of the requested format and depth of response:
Example: Development of testing methods (e.g., for ASTM) for oxygenates. A lack of oxygen is an important characteristic of aviation fuels, but the existing testing method is extremely expensive and very few places do it. Focused R&D efforts on new testing methods, or cost reduction of the existing method is critical for the success of drop in aviation fuels.
Submissions (no more than one paragraph) should be submitted to email@example.com by 5/4/2012.