New Software Tools to Speed up Biojet Fuel Development

November 18, 2021 — The Berkeley Lab, withing funding support from U.S. Department of Energy, has released two new publicly-available web-based software tools to help researchers and companies test different scenarios and explore bio-based fuel products. The first tool, Feedstock to Function, lets users search through a database of potential molecules and predict the molecule’s properties to learn if it could be viable as a fuel. The second tool, Bio-Cradle-to-Grave (BioC2G) explores locations and processes for scaling up a user’s production. This tool could provide biofuel producers with information relating to an optimal location based on available feedstocks and what greenhouse gas emissions and costs would be associated with developing a new production facility nearby.

These tools and additional information can be found here.

Corporations Create Market for Low-Carbon Technologies

November 18, 2021 — The First Movers Coalition, a group of corporations including Amazon, Apple, Delta Airlines and others, have committed to creating a market for low-carbon technologies. This effort aims to encourage innovation in areas relating to sustainable fuels, electric vehicles, and other low-carbon technologies. This coalition, which was launched at the Climate Change Conference COP26, will collaborate with leading organizations to supply clean energy technologies and encourage corporate purchasing commitments to make them more available in the marketplace. They will also aim to create a cohesive supply chain and leverage existing networks to make sustainable fuels and technologies more available.

More information on the First Movers Coalition can be found here.

Aviation Groups Encourage Increase in Alternative Fuels Program

November 18, 2021 —Six aviation groups have come together to ask the leadership of the Appropriations Committee and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) subcommittees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to increase funding for the Alternative Fuels for General Aviation program. This program enables the engineering, technical, and management support for fuel research and safety certification activities to identify and secure approvals necessary for the deployment of aviation fuel and safety. The group believes the fuels testing program is at a critical juncture and needs additional funding to continue.

The letter from the groups to Congress can be found here.

Etihad Claims to Cut Emissions by 72% on Flight

November 18, 2021 — Etihad Airways made a low-emissions flight that is an example of sustainable fuels challenges. The flight from London to Abu Dhabi on October 23 reportedly cut CO2 emissions by 72% using a combination of carbon cutting technologies. The flight was part of Etihad’s Greenliner program that is a two-year partnership between the airline and Boeing using the 787 fleet as a test model for sustainability improvements. While the flight was successful in reducing emissions, it also pointed out some roadblocks to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) usage. While SAF is a cleaner alternative to traditional fuels, it is currently very expensive and difficult to source. The industry as a whole will have to work to overcome these challenges in order for SAF to become more accessible.

Details on Etihad’s flight and Greeliner program can be found here.

United Operates First 100% SAF Flight

November 18, 2021 — United was the first airline in the world to operate a flight using 100% drop-in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The flight took off from Houston on a path over the Gulf of Mexico. One engine on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 used 100% SAF and the other had conventional jet fuel. The SAF used was a combination supplied by World Energy and Virent, and provides an estimated 75% reduction in lifecycle carbon emissions.

More information on this flight can be found here.

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