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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.

Happy Earth Day!

22 April 2018 - On April 22, 1970 millions of people came together on one day to highlight and protest the negative impacts of uncurbed industrial development. Just months later, responding to the outcry, President Nixon created the EPA and later enacted many laws to protect the environment, including the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. 48 years later, for CAAFI, every day is Earth Day; we’re working to improve the environmental performance of aviation with sustainable alternative jet fuels, including developing supply chains that improve water and air quality while reducing GHG emissions. Please join us in helping reduce aviation’s negative impacts on the planet. Happy Earth Day!

Co-Processing Provision Approved and Added to ASTM 1655 Annex A1, Enables Renewable Feedstocks in Jet Fuel

18 April 2018 - The Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants, as well as their D02.J0 Sub-committee on Aviation Fuels, have approved the co-processing of renewable feedstocks with crude oil-derived middle distillates in petroleum refineries. The concurrent ballot was issued in February to the subcommittee and committee. The co-processing provision will be added to Annex A1 of ASTM D1655, Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels, and should be published imminently. The Annex will initially include co-processing of up to 5% by volume of fats and oils (free fatty acids and fatty acid esters found in oils derived from plants and animal fats) as feedstocks in petroleum refinery processes. The Co-processing Task Force will next work toward adding Fischer-Tropsch (FT) derived biocrude feedstocks to the annex. CAAFI welcomes this additional approach toward alternative jet fuel commercialization, and looks forward to further engagement with existing refineries on ways to achieve increasing volumes of sustainable fuel production.

Ethanol Added as Approved Feedstock and Allowable Blend Levels Increased for ASTM Approved Alternative Jet Fuel Annex

18 April 2019 – Earlier this month, ethanol was added as an approved feedstock in ASTM 7566 Annex A5, the specification for Alcohol-To-Jet fuel, Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK). With CAAFI support, LanzaTech led the ASTM Task Force for ethanol based ATJ fuel produced using technology initially developed by the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) that LanzaTech has scaled-up. In addition to adding ethanol to the ATJ-SPK approved pathway, the blend ratio for ATJ-SPK was raised from 30% to 50% for commercial flights. LanzaTech is currently designing an ethanol-based ATJ-SPK facility that can produce 3 million gallons of alternative jet fuel and diesel using sustainable ethanol feedstocks. With this new revision of the ATJ-SPK annex, ethanol-based ATJ can be produced with ethanol from any feedstock, including industrial off gas, biomass wastes and residues, and municipal solid waste. This flexibility enables ATJ-SPK to be produced in a sustainable manner from locally available sustainable feedstocks wherever a facility is located. CAAFI is pleased to see the addition of ethanol as a feedstock to ASTM 7566 Annex A5 and the increased blend ratio, which creates new commercial opportunities.

Read LanzaTech’s press release here.

Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG to Collaborate on ASTM Certification of New SAJF Pathway

18 April 2018 – Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG have announced they will work together to qualify Global Bioenergies’ process for converting isobutene to a sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) through ASTM for use in commercial aviation. Global Bioenergies’ pathway entails oligomerization and hydrogenation of isobutene produced from forestry or agricultural wastes to C12 isoparaffins. Global Bioenergies has sent fuel produced in Germany to SkyNRG for preliminary analysis. The aim of the partnership is to accelerate the commercialization of this alternative jet fuel pathway. CAAFI welcomes this partnership and their entry into the ASTM qualification process as another pathway to a more secure and sustainable aviation future.

Read the press release here.

UK Adds Alternative Jet Fuel into RTFO Scheme for Reducing GHG Emissions

18 April 2018 – The UK Government is updating its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) GHG emissions reduction scheme to increase the biofuels volume target and include alternative jet fuel. The RTFO requires suppliers of transport and non-road mobile machinery fuels greater than 450,000 liters to show that a percentage of their fuel comes from sustainable sources to encourage renewable fuel production resulting in a reduction in GHG emissions from the transportation sector. The RTFO legislation was passed in 2007 and has been amended five times since, with the latest taking effect April 15th. This latest amendment brings alternative jet fuels under the RTFO scheme, making jet fuel producers eligible for incentives that were previously only available for road transport fuels. The goal for including alternative aviation fuels alongside road transport fuels is to support the UK’s low carbon fuel industry in making the UK’s transport sector one of the most sustainable in the world.

Read more here.

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