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Rolls-Royce and Shell Collaborate in SAF Push

July 20, 2021 — Rolls-Royce and Shell have announced a partnership to develop a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that aligns with both companies’ net-zero plans. Rolls-Royce plans to make all commercial aviation engines capable of operating with 100% SAF. As several companies are striving to increase their usage, the industry’s supply of SAF must also increase. Shell plans to fill some of that space in the market with the upcoming development of their SAF in partnership with Rolls-Royce. Details have not been announced, but more information is expected in the coming months.

More information on Rolls-Royce and Shell’s partnership can be found here.

Fulcrum Completes Construction on Sierra BioFuels Plant

July 20, 2021 — Fulcrum BioEnergy has announced they have completed construction of their biofuels plant in Reno, Nevada. The Sierra BioFuels Plant will annually convert 175,000 tons of prepared municipal solid waste (MSW) into approximately 11 million gallons of zero-carbon syncrude. The syncrude will then be converted to fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Since construction is complete and the commissioning has begun, it is expected that the plant will begin production during the 4th quarter of 2021.

More information about Fulcrum’s technology and plant can be found here.

Avfuel Supplies SAF to FBO

July 20, 2021 — Avfuel Corporation has announced a collaboration to supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to Million Air Burbank (KBUR), a fixed-base operator (FBO). KBUR received its first truckload of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on June 24th. KBUR had been looking into ways to reduce their carbon emissions, and have found it with their collaboration with Avfuel and Neste. Each truckload of SAF provided to KBUR by Avfuel has a 22-metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle compared to conventional fuels.

More information on this collaboration can be found here.

First Flight Using Two Types of SAF

July 13, 2021 — On June 17, 2021, Japan Airlines (JAL) conducted the first flight using two types of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the same time. The two types of fuel, ASTM D7566 Annex A1 Fischer-Tropsch Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (FT-SPK) and Annex A7 Hydroprocessed Hydrocarbons, Esters and Fatty Acids Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (HHC-SPK or HC-HEFA-SPK) specifications, were blended making up 9.1% of the fuel for the flight. Velocys a produced the Annex A1 fuel from wood chips and IHI Corpoation produced the Annex A7 fuel from algae. Velocys produced their fuel in collaboration with Toyo Engineering Corporation using Toyo’s commercial projects to produce SAF using Velocys’ proprietary micro-channel FT technology enabling both SAFs to be produced in Japan. This flight was the first in the world to combine multiple typed of SAF.

More information about the flight can be found in JAL’s press release here and Velocys’ here.

BSCR Standards are Now Official in Canada

July 13, 2021 — The Biomass Supply Chain Risk standards (BSCR) are an advancement for assessing biomass feedstock risk. They aim to de-risk investments in biofuels. There are over 200 validated risk factors and indicators for biomass supply chain systems that analyze the benefits and risks. CSA Group, a global organization that is a leader in standards development and testing, has certified these standards in Canada. The group says adopting the BSCR standards will reduce the level of uncertainty and unlock development potential in the bio-economy.

The BSCR Standards can be found here.

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