Queensland Grants Funding to Two Sustainable Aviation Fuel Projects

March 11, 2020 – The Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund is an initiative to grow and enhance the bioeconomy in Queensland by increasing the capacity to produce bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts. Recently, the fund has announced the awarding of its grants to companies that are committed to this sustainable future. CAAFI is pleased to see that two of the grants awarded are focused on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Gevo, Inc. has been awarded more than $100,000 USD to evaluate sugarcane and wood waste resources in Queensland for their alcohol-to-jet-fuel conversion process. The alcohol-to jet process is qualified to be used as jet fuel under Annex 5 of the ASTM D7566 Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. Gevo currently operates a demonstration facility in Luverne, Minnesota that produces protein, animal feed and isobutanol. The isobutanol is then converted into renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The jet fuel made by this process has very low sulfur, low particulates, and slightly higher energy density than petroleum-based jet fuel. Gevo supplied the alternative jet fuel used in Virgin Australia’s SAF delivery trial at Brisbane Airport. Read the news release here for more information.

Licella Holdings also received funding from the Biofutures Fund in the amount of more than $325,000 USD to conduct a feasibility study for a biorefinery that converts sugarcane waste into biofuel using Licella’s Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) technology. Licella is partnering with University of Queensland and Burdekin Renewable Fuels, among others, to test their conversion process. This technology uses supercritical and near-supercritical water to convert a wide variety of low-cost, waste feedstocks and residues into high-value products. Queensland is looking to provide a processing option to address the 1.65 million tonnes of sugarcane bagasse produced in the region every year. For the article click here. To

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