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Obama Administration announces project funding for jet biofuels as politicians seek to restrict military purchase | Obama,USDA,DOE,US Navy
Obama Administration announces project funding for jet biofuels as politicians seek to restrict military purchase
Fri 6 July 2012 - The US Navy together with the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) are to make available $30 million in federal funding to match private investments in commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels for aviation and shipping transportation. The prime aim of the funding is to form one or more domestic value chains that will lead to the construction of a commercial-scale biorefinery capable of supplying 10 million gallons a year. Further $32 million complementary funding is also to be made available in earlier stage advanced biofuels research, including pilot and demonstration scale biorefineries. The announcements come as Congress moves to prevent the military from spending more on purchasing alternative fuels than fossil fuels. Meanwhile, the USDA is to collaborate with GE Aviation to provide renewable jet fuel for engine testing at its Cincinnati, Ohio facility. Read more ...

KLM biofuel flight to Rio takes off as innovative programme is launched to involve global corporations in aviation biofuels | KLM,SkyNRG
KLM biofuel flight to Rio takes off as innovative programme is launched to involve global corporations in aviation biofuels
Wed 20 June 2012 - As a KLM Boeing 777-200 was readied for yesterday's longest-ever commercial biofuel flight from Amsterdam to Rio de Janeiro, KLM and aviation biofuel supplier SkyNRG announced a new programme that will involve global corporations in participating in the development of sustainable biofuels worldwide. Instead of purchasing carbon credits to offset staff travel, corporations will divert the funds so they can be used by SkyNRG to help drive the use and availability of aviation biofuels and, most importantly, bring down the high-premium cost of the fuels. Prominent companies such as Accenture, Nike, Ahold, Heineken, DSM, Philips and Schiphol Group are the first to join and SkyNRG is undertaking a worldwide roll out of the corporate programme, as well as the creation of 'BioPorts' in strategic airport locations. The programme has support from the Dutch government and environmental NGO WWF Netherlands. Read more ...

Airbus and Air Canada to carry out North America’s first ‘perfect flight’ as part of Rio+20 biofuel initiative | SkyNRG,Airbus perfect flight,Air Canada
Airbus and Air Canada to carry out North America’s first ‘perfect flight’ as part of Rio+20 biofuel initiative
Mon 18 June 2012 - As part of the series of biofuel flights making their way from Montreal to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 UN sustainable development summit, the second leg between Toronto and Mexico City today will be North America's first 'perfect flight'. The Air Canada scheduled commercial flight of an Airbus A319 aircraft is expected to potentially reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent compared to normal operations. The Airbus/Air Canada collaboration will see the use of sustainable biofuel derived from SkyNRG’s used cooking oil. In agreement with air traffic management authorities across three countries - Canada, the United States and Mexico - procedures involving optimised routings will ensure the aircraft flies the most direct and efficient route. Other eco-efficient operational procedures are also being implemented in order to underpin the aviation industry's four-pillar strategy, says Airbus. Read more ...

ICAO launches Rio+20 sustainability initiative and joins with aviation industry in series of alternative fuel flights to Rio | ATAG,ICAO
ICAO launches Rio+20 sustainability initiative and joins with aviation industry in series of alternative fuel flights to Rio
Mon 18 June 2012 - To mark its participation at the United Nations Rio+20 sustainable development gathering in Rio de Janeiro this week, UN specialised agency ICAO has brought together aviation and biofuels industry stakeholders to conduct a series of connecting commercial alternative fuel flights from Montreal to Rio de Janeiro. ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin will be on board four separate flights operated by Porter Airlines, Air Canada, Aeromexico and GOL, each using different types of sustainable biofuels. The first flight departs Montreal at 11.30am local time today and the final leg arrives in Rio at 2pm tomorrow (June 19), which has been designated Aviation Day at Rio+20. Separate alternative fuel flights arriving in Rio tomorrow are also being conducted by a European carrier and an internal test flight by Azul Airlines. Read more ...

Refuelling the future: Sustainable, drop-in aviation biofuel is a reality but challenges remain, says Boeing
Refuelling the future: Sustainable, drop-in aviation biofuel is a reality but challenges remain, says Boeing
Tue 8 May 2012 - Back in 2005, the idea of using biofuels to power commercial and military jets seemed beyond the range of modern science. While suitable for cars and trucks, biofuels offered little hope they could meet the stringent requirements of commercial airplanes and high-performance jet engines. But in 2006, Boeing product development professionals became aware of research that challenged the notion that biofuels could not compete with traditional kerosene-based jet fuel in terms of energy content, technical performance, infrastructure requirements and cost. They reached out to others in the industry to determine whether biofuels could help meet the environmental challenges of commercial aviation. And their efforts paid off in a big way, reports Boeing's Bill SeilRead more ...

Virgin Australia starts first Brisbane trials of using a locally sourced biodiesel blend in ground service vehicles | Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia starts first Brisbane trials of using a locally sourced biodiesel blend in ground service vehicles
Wed 16 May 2012 - In a first for an Australian airline, Virgin Australia is to undertake an eight-week trial involving the use of a biodiesel blend derived from locally sourced tallow and used cooking oil in a baggage tug and a push-back vehicle at Brisbane Domestic Airport. Produced by Ecotech Biodiesel at a local facility in Queensland, the biofuel is blended 20/80 with conventional diesel. If the trial proves successful, the airline says it will roll out biodiesel to its ground service equipment fleet in Brisbane and other mainline airports, which it estimates could reduce carbon emissions by 300 tonnes per year. Read more ...

Honeywell enters Canadian flight programme to test a new biofeedstock and higher blends of its green jet fuel | UOP,Honeywell,brassica carinata,Agrisoma,Porter Airlines
Honeywell enters Canadian flight programme to test a new biofeedstock and higher blends of its green jet fuel
Fri 4 May 2012 - Honeywell's UOP has started what it describes as the world's first comprehensive test programme involving its Green Jet Fuel product and a new biofeedstock specifically designed for biofuel production. A series of test flights are being carried out in Canada in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Ottawa-based Agrisoma Biosciences, which has produced a new non-food, industrial oilseed crop derived from Brassica carinata. The programme will also test blends of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel at higher ratios than the 50/50 level approved by fuel standards body ASTM last year for commercial use. Canada's first revenue biofuel flight last month by Porter Airlines used a blend that contained one per cent of Agrisoma's feedstock. Read more ...

Boeing 787 delivery flight to ANA marks first use of biofuels on the new Dreamliner and also first across the Pacific | ANA
Boeing 787 delivery flight to ANA marks first use of biofuels on the new Dreamliner and also first across the Pacific
Tue 17 April 2012 - Biofuel from used cooking oil has been used to power in part the delivery flight of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner joining the All Nippon Airways (ANA) fleet from Boeing's Delivery Center in Everett, Washington, to Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Not only is it the first use of biofuels on Boeing's new mid-size, twin-engined aircraft capable of flying long-range routes but it is the first time a biofuel blend has been used on a transpacific flight. Boeing said the flight emitted an estimated 30 per cent less emissions of CO2 when compared to similarly-sized current commercial aircraft as a result of a 10 per cent blend of biofuel and an approximate 20 per cent saving from the technology and efficiency advancements offered by the Dreamliner. Read more ...

The three main obstacles facing the introduction of sustainable aviation biofuels: price, price and price | WBM12
The three main obstacles facing the introduction of sustainable aviation biofuels: price, price and price
Mon 2 Apr 2012 - According to Finnair's VP Sustainable Development, Kati Ihamaki, biofuels are the fastest route to meaningful long-term reductions in aviation greenhouse gas emissions but supply chain problems need to be overcome and the major hurdle remained "price, price and price". This was a familiar theme at the recent World Biofuels Markets 2012 aviation stream conference, with commercialisation and production scale-up providing a significant challenge to the development of a sustainable jet biofuels industry. However, there are growing signs that policy-makers at European Commission and US government level are willing to join with industry to find solutions. Read more ...

Global use of sustainable aviation fuels widens with first commercial flights for South America, Australia and Canada | SkyNRG,LAN,Porter,Qantas,GARDN,Bombardier
Global use of sustainable aviation fuels widens with first commercial flights for South America, Australia and Canada
Thu 29 March 2012 - Dutch sustainable jet fuel supplier SkyNRG has notched up two more biofuel-powered commercial flight 'firsts'. LAN Chile recently carried out South America's first second-generation jet biofuel flight between the Chilean cities of Santiago and Concepcion using SkyNRG's used cooking oil biofuel. Qantas Airways has reported it will operate Australia's first commercial flights powered by sustainable aviation fuel from SkyNRG on a return service between Sydney and Adelaide on April 13. Qantas said it has ended collaborations set up last year with US biofuel companies Solena and Solazyme. Meanwhile, Porter Airlines has announced it will use one of its Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft to conduct the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada in mid-April, using a biofuel blend derived from the crops camelina sativa and brassica carinata supplied by a Canadian producer. Read more ...

US and German aviation biofuel interests forge partnership to showcase technology at ILA Berlin Air Show | CAAFI,aireg,ILA
US and German aviation biofuel interests forge partnership to showcase technology at ILA Berlin Air Show
Wed 28 March 2012 - A growing affiliation between the US-based Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and its new German counterpart aireg will be brought into focus in September when the two associations come together to draw attention to aviation biofuel developments at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012. A highlight during the show will be a one-day high-level conference in which senior policy-makers and industry will discuss the prospects for biofuels in the aviation sector. CAAFI has been behind previous showcase events at the Farnborough Air Show in 2010 and the Paris Air Show in 2009 and 2011, which drew a number of US biofuel companies as exhibitors alongside the running of daily seminars. It has decided to skip Farnborough this year in favour of Berlin, citing Olympics issues and the attraction of working with aireg. Read more ...

Leading aircraft manufacturers set aside their rivalries to collaborate on accelerating aviation biofuel commercialisation | Embraer,Brazil,Australia,mallee,Virgin Australia
Leading aircraft manufacturers set aside their rivalries to collaborate on accelerating aviation biofuel commercialisation
Mon 26 March 2012 - Aircraft manufacturers Airbus, Boeing and Embraer have set aside their competitive differences to come together and help promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable new jet fuel sources. Without going into specific details the three rivals say they will seek collaborative opportunities to "speak in unity" to government, biofuel producers and key stakeholders. Airbus has also joined an Australian consortium that includes Virgin Australia, which is studying the production of sustainable jet biofuels from eucalyptus mallee trees through pyrolytic thermal conversion. Fuels derived from pyrolysis have not yet been approved for commercial aviation use by the international standards bodies and Airbus will support the certification process.  Read more ...

China targets 12 million tonnes of aviation biofuels by 2020, representing 30 per cent of total jet fuel use | Sinopec,PetroChina,CAAC
China targets 12 million tonnes of aviation biofuels by 2020, representing 30 per cent of total jet fuel use
Thu 1 March 2012 - Aviation fuel consumption in China is likely to double over the remainder of the decade from a current 20 million tonnes to more than 40 million tonnes by 2020, with aviation biofuels expected to make up more than a half of this increase, said Li Jian, Deputy Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. According to a report in China Daily, Li said the move to develop biofuels is prompted by the EU's new emissions trading scheme. Air China carried out the country's first biofuel demonstration flight last October using a jatropha blend supplied by the PetroChina unit of China National Petroleum. Rival Sinopec, China's biggest oil refiner, has started sending aviation biofuel it has developed from animal fat and vegetable oils to CAAC for testing, with a view to commercialisation. Read more ...

Some non-food vegetable oil-based aviation biofuels could be cost-competitive by the end of the decade, finds Bloomberg study | Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Some non-food vegetable oil-based aviation biofuels could be cost-competitive by the end of the decade, finds Bloomberg study
Wed 15 Feb 2012 - If production efficiency continues to improve, the cost of some biofuels - such as those based on hydro-treated non-food vegetable oils from jatropha and camelina, or from pyrolysis of cellulosic feedstocks - could become competitive with the cost of fossil-based jet fuel by 2018. This is the main finding of research carried out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance for its clients. On the other hand, fuels produced from woody feedstock through gasification and the Fischer Tropsch (F-T) process are unlikely to be economical until well into the next decade. The researchers suggest that subsidies or mandates will be required if governments wish to see a sizeable take-up of aviation biofuels before 2020 and airlines will have to compete with road transport for the limited availability of certified, low-cost supplies. Read more ...

BioJet and US Indian Tribes to develop jet biofuel feedstock and refining projects worth $1 billion over 10 years | BioJet International
BioJet and US Indian Tribes to develop jet biofuel feedstock and refining projects worth $1 billion over 10 years
Fri 27 Jan 2012 - Renewable aviation biofuel supply chain integrator BioJet International has formed a business alliance with the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), which represents 57 sovereign Indian Tribes that manage millions of acres of agricultural lands in the United States on which feedstocks for biofuels may be grown. A year ago, BioJet received a $1.2 billion facility from Equity Partners Fund, which is intended to help finance a $6 billion supply chain capital projects programme over the next 10 years that includes feedstock and refining projects, as well as investment and strategic acquisitions. BioJet CEO Mitch Hawkins said its relationship with CERT envisioned joint projects worth at least $1 billion over 10 years locating feedstock generation and refining operations to provide biofuels for airlines and ground transportation at key locations throughout the western United States. Read more ...

Etihad becomes first Middle East carrier to use sustainable biofuel as it takes delivery of new Boeing aircraft | Etihad,SkyNRG
Etihad becomes first Middle East carrier to use sustainable biofuel as it takes delivery of new Boeing aircraft
Wed 25 Jan 2012 – Etihad Airways’ newest 777-300ER aircraft that arrived yesterday in Abu Dhabi from the Boeing factory in Seattle was powered on its 14-hour flight by a blend of plant-based jet fuel sourced from recycled vegetable cooking oil and traditional jet kerosene. The biofuel blend was supplied by SkyNRG, which has virtually cornered the market availability of sustainable jet fuel just now, with involvement already in maiden commercial biofuel flights by carriers in Europe, Asia, the United States and now the Middle East. Boeing helped Etihad source the fuel and also worked on testing the biofuel blend and other technical aspects associated with preparing for the flight. Read more ...

Availability and sustainability key challenges, says Lufthansa, as biofuel trials end with first commercial transatlantic flight | Lufthansa
Availability and sustainability key challenges, says Lufthansa, as biofuel trials end with first commercial transatlantic flight
Mon 23 Jan 2012 - The six-month trial by Lufthansa using biofuel blends on the route between Hamburg and Frankfurt has ended with the first-ever scheduled commercial transatlantic biofuel flight on January 12. In all, 1,187 scheduled flights were carried out between July and December using an Airbus A321 with a 50-50 blend of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene in one engine. Total consumption of the biokerosene mix amounted to 1,556 tonnes, says the airline, and initial calculations suggest CO2 emissions were reduced by 1,471 tonnes as a result. Lufthansa also reports that thanks to the higher density of biofuel, fuel consumption is reduced by more than one per cent, with the added benefit of cleaner burning fuel due to a lack of sulphur and aromatic compounds. Read more ...

Thai Airways carries out Asia's first commercial passenger biofuel flight and rounds off successful year for SkyNRG | Thai Airways,SkyNRG
Thai Airways carries out Asia's first commercial passenger biofuel flight and rounds off successful year for SkyNRG
Wed 21 Dec 2011 - Thai Airways today carried out Asia's first passenger flight to be powered using sustainable jet fuel, which was supplied by Dutch supplier SkyNRG. A special flight of a Boeing 777 from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport carried VIPs, representatives from companies involved in the project such as Boeing and Rolls-Royce, and around 100 students and teaching staff. The aircraft was powered in both engines by a 50/50 blend of used cooking oil sourced from the United States and conventional jet kerosene. Tomorrow, a scheduled passenger flight between Bangkok and Chiang Mai will use the same biofuel blend. The flights cap a high-profile year for Amsterdam-based SkyNRG, with THAI becoming its tenth contracted customer worldwide and follows similar flights by KLM, Finnair, Thomson Airways, Air France and Alaska Airlines. Read more ...

Thai Airways set to operate Asia’s first commercial passenger biofuel flight, with Qantas to follow in early 2012 | Thai Airways,Qantas
Thai Airways set to operate Asia’s first commercial passenger biofuel flight, with Qantas to follow in early 2012
Sun 11 Dec 2011 - Thai Airways is to operate Asia's first commercial passenger flight to be powered using a biofuel blend. An inaugural VIP flight of a Boeing 777-200 aircraft will take place on December 21 and the following day a scheduled passenger flight will fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Details of the source of the biofuel and the blend mix have not yet been released by the airline, which says it is looking to pioneer the use of sustainable biofuels in Asia and Southeast Asia, and is encouraging other airlines in the region to follow suit. Meanwhile, Qantas is planning Australia's first sustainable biofuel commercial flight in early 2012, according to CEO Alan Joyce. Seen as a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, Boeing is to collaborate on a project that aims to bring renewable aviation biofuel production to Hawaii. Read more ...

Thai Airways set to operate Asia’s first commercial passenger biofuel flight, with Qantas to follow in early 2012 | Thai Airways,Qantas
Thai Airways set to operate Asia’s first commercial passenger biofuel flight, with Qantas to follow in early 2012
Sun 11 Dec 2011 - Thai Airways is to operate Asia's first commercial passenger flight to be powered using a biofuel blend. An inaugural VIP flight of a Boeing 777-200 aircraft will take place on December 21 and the following day a scheduled passenger flight will fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Details of the source of the biofuel and the blend mix have not yet been released by the airline, which says it is looking to pioneer the use of sustainable biofuels in Asia and Southeast Asia, and is encouraging other airlines in the region to follow suit. Meanwhile, Qantas is planning Australia's first sustainable biofuel commercial flight in early 2012, according to CEO Alan Joyce. Seen as a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, Boeing is to collaborate on a project that aims to bring renewable aviation biofuel production to Hawaii. Read more ...

LanzaTech main beneficiary of $7.7 million FAA contract awards and ranking from new renewable jet fuel website | LanzaTech,Virent,Velocys,Virgin Atlantic,Renewablejetfuls.org
LanzaTech main beneficiary of $7.7 million FAA contract awards and ranking from new renewable jet fuel website
Mon 5 Dec 2011 - The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative and sustainable jet fuels. Contracts worth over $1 million will go to Honeywell UOP, Virent Energy Systems and Velocys, with $3 million going to LanzaTech, an alcohol-to-jet fuel company which is rapidly becoming a potentially big player in alternative jet fuels since its partnership with Virgin Atlantic was announced in October, along with recent grants from US defence research agency DARPA and the US Department of Energy. Meanwhile, the Carbon War Room, the business initiative started by Virgin's Sir Richard Branson, has launched an open access website called RenewableJetFuels.org to help assess the progress of companies planning to produce commercial-scale sustainable aviation fuels. Read more ...

IATA chief urges governments to adopt a six-step policy approach to promote aviation biofuels commercialisation | CAAFI
IATA chief urges governments to adopt a six-step policy approach to promote aviation biofuels commercialisation
Tue 22 Nov 2011 - IATA Director General Tony Tyler has called on governments to implement policies that encourage research, investment and incentives to help develop and commercialise a sustainable aviation biofuel industry. With the approval of such fuels now in place and airlines using them in commercial operations, he said they had the potential to become a game-changer in cutting aviation's carbon footprint, but they were still expensive and supply was limited. "I am under no illusions that this will be an easy process," he added in a speech to the IATA Fuel Forum in Paris. "But there is no shortage of commitment from the industry." Meanwhile, next week's annual meeting of the industry-led Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) promises to be the biggest yet with strong participation from fuel companies, buyers and US government agencies and states. Read more ...

Aeromexico continues its jet biofuel programme with regular regional flights using Honeywell's Green Jet Fuel | ASA, Aeromexico
Aeromexico continues its jet biofuel programme with regular regional flights using Honeywell's Green Jet Fuel
Mon 14 Nov 2011 - Following Aeromexico's biofuel commercial flight from Mexico City to Madrid in August, the first of its kind across the Atlantic, the carrier is now operating a series of weekly flights between Mexico City to San Jose, Costa Rica. The transatlantic flight used a 30 per cent blend containing biofuel sourced from Mexican-grown jatropha but the regular commercial flights of a Boeing 737-700 are using a 15 per cent blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel sourced from camelina grown in the US northwest. The biofuel was blended by Mexico's airport operator and jet fuel supplier Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA). The agency has developed a programme that is focused in identifying and analysing elements of a sustainable aviation biofuels supply chain in Mexico. Read more ...

Alaska Air prepares for a series of used cooking oil biofuel flights using Boeing and Bombardier aircraft | Alaska,SkyNRG
Alaska Air prepares for a series of used cooking oil biofuel flights using Boeing and Bombardier aircraft
Tue 8 Nov 2011 - Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air will tomorrow start a series of 75 biofuel-powered commercial flights over the next few weeks from Seattle to Washington DC and Portland. The flights will use a 20/80 blend of used cooking oil and jet kerosene that is being supplied by Dutch-based SkyNRG and produced by Dynamic Fuels at its Louisiana plant. The biofuel source is the same that has been used for sustainable biofuel flights carried out by KLM, Finnair, Thomson and Air France in Europe since so-called HEFA fuels were certified for commercial aviation use in July. Tomorrow's flights will involve a Boeing 737 Alaska Airlines flight to Washington DC and the other a Horizon Air trip to Portland that will mark the first commercial biofuel flight of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. Read more ...

United Airlines makes historic first US commercial biofuel flight using Solazyme's algae-derived Solajet | Solazyme,United Airlines,Continental Airlines
United Airlines makes historic first US commercial biofuel flight using Solazyme's algae-derived Solajet
Mon 7 Nov 2011 - United Continental subsidiary Continental Airlines today operated the first US commercial flight to be powered by a sustainable biofuel blend. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft made the two-and-a-half flight 1403 from Houston to Chicago using a blend, believed to be 40/60, of algae-derived biofuel and conventional jet kerosene. Although commercial jet biofuel flights have already taken place in Europe, China and South America since certification in July, this is the first time algae has been used as the sole source of the biofuel, which is considered a major next generation advance on crop-based fuels. The algae oil was supplied by San Francisco-based Solazyme and was refined into jet fuel in Houston by Honeywell UOP's process technology. In another landmark, United announced it has signed a Letter of Intent with Solazyme to negotiate the purchase of 20 million gallons per year of the company’s Solajet fuel, with delivery slated for as early as 2014. Read more ...

China joins the sustainable jet biofuel flight club as Air China and Boeing conduct two-hour demonstration | Air China,PetroChina
China joins the sustainable jet biofuel flight club as Air China and Boeing conduct two-hour demonstration
Fri 28 Oct 2011 - Air China and its US and Chinese partners today conducted China's first-ever sustainable biofuel flight. The two-hour demonstration flight from Beijing Capital International Airport of a Pratt & Whitney powered Boeing 747-400 used a blend of conventional jet kerosene and a biofuel sourced from China-grown jatropha. PetroChina, along with Honeywell's UOP, sourced and refined the biofuel and was blended by China National Aviation Fuel. Air China and Boeing are working on plans for a trans-Pacific flight between China and the United States with biofuel sourced from both countries. Earlier in the year, Air China said the demo flight would help verify the feasibility, supply capacity and commercial potential of Chinese-produced biofuel that met ASTM fuel standards, and aims to build a platform for an industrial supply chain in the country. China's consumption of jet fuel is currently increasing by an average 13.6 per cent annually. Read more ...

Boeing and Embraer hook up with Brazilian research foundation to explore long-term aviation biofuel R&D | Brazil
Boeing and Embraer hook up with Brazilian research foundation to explore long-term aviation biofuel R&D
Thu 27 Oct 2011 - Aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer have joined forces to collaborate with the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) on long-term aviation biofuels-related research and development. Initially, a detailed report will be developed to look into the opportunities and challenges of creating a cost-effective, bio-derived and sustainable jet fuel production and distribution industry in Brazil. A series of public workshops are scheduled for 2012, with a wide range of stakeholders and a strategic advisory board providing input to the study. A further plan is to create a sustainable aviation biofuels research centre in the country that will be jointly funded by FAPESP and industry. Four Brazilian airlines - Azul, GOL, TAM and TRIP - will act as strategic advisors to the programme. Read more ...

Air France and Airbus claim the world’s greenest flight after combining biofuel and ATM technologies | Air France,SkyNRG
Air France and Airbus claim the world’s greenest flight after combining biofuel and ATM technologies
Thu 13 Oct 2011 - Air France today completed a flight today from Toulouse to Paris-Orly that achieved a fuel efficiency of 2.2 litres per passenger-100km, cutting in half the CO2 emitted compared to a normal flight. The Airbus A321 aircraft commercial flight was powered by a 50 per cent blend of biofuel, believed to be used cooking oil supplied by Dutch aviation biofuels company SkyNRG, in each engine - the maximum blend permitted. In addition, optimised air traffic management (ATM) procedures were employed, including a Continuous Descent Approach (CDA). Combining the use of biofuel and efficient ATM allowed the flight to claim CO2 emissions of just 54 grams per passenger-kilometre. The best performing airlines average over 100 grams per passenger-km. Read more ...

German aviation biofuel initiative aireg gets off the ground as it elects the officials to take it forward | aireg,Klaus Nittinger
German aviation biofuel initiative aireg gets off the ground as it elects the officials to take it forward
Thu 13 Oct 2011 - Following its launch in June, the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg) has held its Constituent General Assembly in Berlin. The number of founding members has increased from 20 at the launch to 25, with Boeing now joining the group. Airline members include Air Berlin, Condor, Lufthansa and TUIfly, with Munich Airport as the sole airport representative. Other members include manufacturers and organisations from areas of science and research. The assembly elected a Board, with EADS Deutschland's Siegfried Knecht as Chairman and Joachim Buse, Lufthansa's Vice President for Aviation Biofuel, as Deputy Chairman. Delegates also elected Dr –Ing Klaus Nittinger as the association's President for Industry and Aviation and Prof Dr –Ing Joachim Szodruch as President for Science and Research. Read more ...

Virgin Atlantic partners with LanzaTech on 'breakthrough technology' to convert waste gases to jet biofuels | Virgin Atlantic,LanzaTech,Swedish BioFuels
Virgin Atlantic partners with LanzaTech on 'breakthrough technology' to convert waste gases to jet biofuels
Tue 11 Oct 2011 - Nearly four years after it carried out the industry's first jet biofuel flight, Virgin Atlantic is firmly back in the biofuel big time with the announcement of a partnership with New Zealand-based clean energy company LanzaTech. Describing LanzaTech's industrial waste gases to fuel technology as the most exciting of the biofuel breakthroughs so far, the airline's President, Sir Richard Branson, said a demonstration flight is planned in 12-18 months time and he hoped to begin using the new jet fuel on operations from India and China to London within three years. The technology essentially involves taking waste gases such as carbon monoxide from steel, aluminium and other industrial plants and converting them to ethanol. This is then converted into jet fuel using technology developed by partner Swedish BioFuels. Virgin's exact role in the venture has still to be determined but the airline will help facilitate the certification, sustainability criteria and commercial development of the product. Read more ...

UK first as Thomson Airways' three-year biofuel commercial flight programme finally takes off | Thomson Airways,TUI
UK first as Thomson Airways' three-year biofuel commercial flight programme finally takes off
Thu 6 Oct 2011 - A Thomson Airways Boeing 757-200 today conducted the UK's first commercial flight to use biofuel. Using a 50/50 blend of used cooking oil and conventional jet kerosene in one engine, the aircraft will make a four-hour flight from Birmingham Airport to Arrecife in the Canary Islands. The flight marks the start of regular daily flights using a dedicated aircraft as part of trials to quantify any differences in performance or fuel burn of the engine when compared with the non-biofuel engine. The inaugural flight was originally scheduled for the end of July but was postponed due to "unforeseen delays" in the fuel delivery. Two UK environmental groups have condemned the biofuel flight as "self-seeking and irresponsible greenwash" but the airline has hit back at the criticism. Read more ...

Camelina derived oil contributes to Spain's first commercial biofuel flight carried out by Iberia | Iberia,Senasa,ASA,Repsol
Camelina derived oil contributes to Spain's first commercial biofuel flight carried out by Iberia
Wed 5 Oct 2011 - For the first time, a blended jet biofuel sourced from the camelina sativa plant has been used on a commercial flight. Flying from Madrid to Barcelona, an Iberia Airbus A320 burned around 2,800kg of a mixture of 75 per cent conventional Jet A-1 fuel and 25 per cent biofuel in both engines. The camelina was grown in the United States and supplied by Sustainable Oils. The camelina oil was sent from Montana to Honeywell UOP's Houston tolling facility in Texas where it was converted to the company's Green Jet Fuel. The fuel was then blended with conventional jet fuel by ASA in Mexico and evaluated and certified by Spanish energy giant Repsol. The flight was part of Spain's pioneering 'Green Flight' programme to advance the use of biofuels in aviation. Iberia claims the fuel mix brought a saving of nearly 1,500kg of CO2 emissions, representing an emissions reduction of almost 20 per cent. Read more ...

Amsterdam Schiphol and KLM start sustainable ground vehicle project using 100 per cent biodiesel | Schiphol,KLM,SkyNRG
Amsterdam Schiphol and KLM start sustainable ground vehicle project using 100 per cent biodiesel
Fri 16 Sept 2011 - Around 40 ground vehicles operated by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM are being switched over the next four months to run on 100 per cent biodiesel sourced from used cooking oil supplied by SkyNRG, the company that also provided jet biofuel for the recent commercial flights undertaken by KLM, Finnair and Thomson Airways. Both the airport and KLM are investing efforts in introducing more sustainable transport vehicles at Schiphol. Although a number of electrically-powered vehicles are already in use, this is not currently suitable for all types of vehicles and so biodiesel presents a sustainable alternative. Read more ...

Singapore Airlines looks to biofuels as it becomes latest airline to join Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group | Singapore Airlines,SAFUG
Singapore Airlines looks to biofuels as it becomes latest airline to join Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group
Thu 15 Sept 2011 - Singapore Airlines has become the latest member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) that was set up in 2008 to accelerate the development and commercialisation of lower-carbon renewable aviation fuels derived from environmentally and socially sustainable sources. This now brings the number of airlines to have joined the group to 23, which collectively represents around 15 per cent of total global aviation fuel demand. SAFUG receives support and advice from environmental organisations such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Meanwhile, Australian renewable biofuels company Jatenergy, which has supplied Indonesian-sourced jatropha oil for SAFUG member Lufthansa’s biofuel programme, says it is struggling to meet demand. Read more ...

US Department of Energy awards grants to LanzaTech and Virent to help fund alternative jet fuel technologies | LanzaTech,Virent,Obama,Chu
US Department of Energy awards grants to LanzaTech and Virent to help fund alternative jet fuel technologies
Thu 8 Sept 2011 - Advanced fuel technology companies LanzaTech and Virent Energy Systems have each been awarded grants of up to $4 million towards their development of conversion technologies to produce sustainable, drop-in alternative jet fuels. The grants from the US Department of Energy will help fund small-scale projects that employ innovative thermochemical processes to convert biomass into liquid and gaseous intermediates which can then be chemically converted into fuels and other products. Following the announcement last month by President Obama of a $510 million investment into developing an advanced aviation and marine biofuels industry in the US, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy and Navy have issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input to help better understand the challenges necessary to accelerate commercialisation. Read more ...

Engine manufacturer GE extends its aviation biofuel development activities in Brazil and Australia | GE,Embraer
Engine manufacturer GE extends its aviation biofuel development activities in Brazil and Australia
Tue 6 Sept 2011 - Embraer and GE have concluded a series of test flights to benchmark the operational characteristics of the Brazilian manufacturer's Embraer 170 aircraft and its CF34-8E engines when powered by ASTM-approved sustainable HEFA biofuels under a broad range of unique flight conditions. The flights involved powering one of the two engines with the maximum 50 per cent permissible mix of biofuel with Jet-A kerosene. The biofuel for the flights was derived from camelina and the two companies say they are stepping up efforts to support the testing and development of a broader range of sustainable aviation biofuels. Meanwhile, GE has announced it is joining an Australian consortium that includes Virgin Australia to research and develop aviation biofuels sourced from mallee eucalpyt trees. Read more ...

Using nationally-sourced jatropha, Aeromexico conducts first transcontinental commercial biofuel flight  | Aeromexico, Interjet, Mexico
Using nationally-sourced jatropha, Aeromexico conducts first transcontinental commercial biofuel flight
Thu 18 Aug 2011 - Aeromexico has become the first airline to carry out a passenger flight across the Atlantic using biofuel. A GE-powered Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, with a blend of 30 per cent biofuel sourced from jatropha and 70 per cent conventional jet kerosene, flew 250 passengers from Mexico City to Madrid. Around 20 tons of the jatropha curcas fuel was supplied by Mexico's largest airport operator and jet fuel provider Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA). Aircraft manufacturer Boeing was involved in the flight programme, which was also supported by Mexico's Ministry of Communications and Transport. On July 21, Mexico's second-biggest airline, Interjet, carried out the country's first commercial biofuel flights between Mexico City and Tuxtla Gutierrez using an Airbus A320. Read more ...

Obama announces major investment towards developing the aviation advanced biofuels sector in the US | Obama,Vilsack,USDA
Obama announces major investment towards developing the aviation advanced biofuels sector in the US
Tue 16 Aug 2011 - President Obama today announced an investment of $510 million over the next three years towards developing an industry to develop and produce drop-in advanced aviation and marine biofuels for the US defence and commercial sectors. The funding will come from the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Energy and Navy and is to be matched equally with finance from the private sector. Without mentioning environmental concerns, the USDA said the partnership aims to reduce US reliance on foreign oil and create jobs, while positioning American companies and farmers to be global leaders in advanced biofuels production. The United States spends over $300 billion on imported crude each year. To accelerate the production of bio-based jet and diesel fuel for military and commercial purposes, the Secretaries of the three agencies have developed a plan to jointly construct or retrofit several drop-in biofuel plants and refineries. Read more ...

Funding secured for Brazilian research study into the sustainability of renewable jet fuel sourced from sugarcane | Embraer,Amyris,Brazil,sugarcane,ICONE
Funding secured for Brazilian research study into the sustainability of renewable jet fuel sourced from sugarcane
Mon 15 Aug 2011 - The regional initiative launched in June by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide finance for renewable jet fuel projects in Latin America and the Caribbean has made its first grant. The IDB, along with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer, is to fund a sustainability analysis of producing jet fuel from Brazilian sugarcane. The study will evaluate environmental and market conditions for the use of renewable jet fuel produced by synthetic biofuel technology company Amyris. It will be led by ICONE, an agricultural research think-tank in Brazil, and will be independently reviewed and advised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In 2009, Embraer and Amyris announced a sustainable jet fuel initiative that aims to conduct a demonstration flight in 2012 of a GE-powered Embraer aircraft belonging to Brazilian airline Azul using biofuel derived from sugarcane. Read more ...

SWAFEA final report lays groundwork for the deployment of sustainable aviation biofuels in Europe | SWAFEA
SWAFEA final report lays groundwork for the deployment of sustainable aviation biofuels in Europe
Tue 26 July 2011 - Although the aviation sector has a good track record in reducing its environmental impact through efficiency gains, it is highly unlikely to reduce or even stabilise its emissions through this means alone, but biofuels present a real potential for reduction, concludes a major European study into aviation alternative fuels. However, a number of major challenges need to be faced including feedstock availability and development, and how to overcome the economic barriers for investors. The study recommends that quota mandates should be considered and suggests that auction revenues from the EU ETS be used to kick-start the process. As a first step, a low minimum goal for European aviation biofuel introduction in 2020 - a 2 per cent market penetration is proposed - should be the basis for triggering a start-up of production.  Read more ...

Finnair’s scheduled commercial biofuel flight marks a step towards more sustainable flying, says airline | Finnair,SkyNRG,EPIC Aviation
Finnair’s scheduled commercial biofuel flight marks a step towards more sustainable flying, says airline
Wed 20 July 2011 - Finnair this evening joined KLM and Lufthansa as one of the first airlines to use blended sustainable jet biofuel on a commercial scheduled flight. Both engines of an Airbus A319 were fuelled with a mix of 50 per cent biofuel derived from used cooking oil and 50 per cent conventional jet fuel. The 1,500km journey between Amsterdam and Helsinki was the longest scheduled flight so far to use biofuel. Finnair plans to carry out a series of four such flights over the coming weeks. The fuel is part of a batch sourced and held at Schiphol by Dutch company SkyNRG, which was also used by KLM in the first ever such flight on June 29 and is also being supplied to Thomson Airways in the UK for its planned flight on July 28. Read more ...

Lufthansa takes off towards a new era of sustainably fuelled regular commercial scheduled flights | Lufthansa,Neste Oil,aireg
Lufthansa takes off towards a new era of sustainably fuelled regular commercial scheduled flights
Mon 18 July 2011 - The first in Lufthansa's long-heralded series of commercial scheduled sustainable biofuel flights finally took off on Friday morning (July 15). Save for camera-wielding media, the 50-minute flight from Hamburg to Frankfurt passed uneventfully for passengers taking the shuttle. Four daily flights between the two cities will now take place using the same Airbus A321 aircraft over the next six months as part of the airline's burnFAIR project to research the long-term effects of jet biofuels under normal operations. Around 1,600 tonnes of fuel has been supplied by Neste Oil, which is a 50/50 blend of sustainably-sourced biosynthetic kerosene mixed with conventional jet fuel at the Finnish renewable fuel company's Porvoo bio-refinery. The blend will be used to power one of the aircraft’s two engines. Certainly in the short term, Neste is likely to remain Europe's only supplier of commercial quantities of sustainable jet biofuel and says it is in discussions with other prospective airline customers. Read more ...

Finnair fulfils biofuel pioneering ambitions as it announces three Amsterdam-Helsinki flights starting next week | Finnair,SkyNRG
Finnair fulfils biofuel pioneering ambitions as it announces three Amsterdam-Helsinki flights starting next week
Thu 14 July 2011 - Finnair is the latest carrier to confirm it will start using sustainable biofuels on commercial flights. The airline will follow a similar route adopted by KLM and Thomson Airways in using recycled vegetable cooking oil sourced by Dutch company SkyNRG from Dynamic Fuels in the United States. The biofuel will be blended 50/50 with conventional jet kerosene and will be used in both engines of an Airbus narrowbody aircraft. Initially, Finnair aims to fly at least three flights on the Amsterdam-Helsinki route, refuelling at Schiphol, where the fuel blend is stored. The airline and SkyNRG say they will jointly work on a structural supply chain in order to help accelerate the development of sustainable and affordable jet fuels. Read more ...

Mallee trees to provide biomass for Virgin Australia sustainable aviation biofuel venture in Western Australia | Virgin Australia,mallee,CSIRO
Mallee trees to provide biomass for Virgin Australia sustainable aviation biofuel venture in Western Australia
Wed 13 July 2011 - Virgin Australia is to partner with renewable fuel technology and agriculture interests to develop a sustainable aviation biofuel project in Western Australia. The consortium plans to use pyrolysis technology developed by Canadian company Dynamotive Energy Systems to process mallees, a species of eucalypt tree that can be grown sustainably in many parts of Australia. The consortium is currently finalising plans for a demonstration unit that will make biofuels for testing, certification and public trials. The unit is intended to be operational in 2012, followed by construction of a commercial-scale plant that could be operational as early as 2014, says the airline. Jet biofuels derived from pyrolysis have not yet been approved for commercial aviation use but is a pathway undergoing due process by certification body ASTM International, which last week approved blended hydrotreated oil-based alternative fuels. Read more ...

Detroit airports to grow alternative jet fuel crops and attract bioenergy industries to the vicinity | Detroit Metropolitan Airport,Michigan State University
Detroit airports to grow alternative jet fuel crops and attract bioenergy industries to the vicinity
Tue 12 July 2012 - Not content with just supplying alternative biofuel to airline customers sometime in the future, one US airport authority is planning to grow, harvest and process bioenergy crops on airport-owned property. Wayne County Airport Authority, operator of Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run airports, is partnering with Michigan State University Extension on the first project of its kind in the US Midwest. The two airports have around 1,700 acres (688 hectares) that is potentially suitable for cropping. If successful, says WCAA Interim CEO Genelle Allen, the project could attract businesses to the vicinity of the airports that would produce alternative jet and biodiesel fuels for use in aircraft and ground vehicles, and so bring economic development to Southeast Michigan as well as protect land around the airports from further encroachment. Read more ...

Lufthansa to start regular scheduled biofuel flights this week and announces other fuel-saving and climate initiatives | Lufthansa,Lufthansa Cargo,Jettainer,IAGOS
Lufthansa to start regular scheduled biofuel flights this week and announces other fuel-saving and climate initiatives
Mon 11 July 2011 - Lufthansa's Pure Sky biofuel programme of commercial scheduled daily flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt will get underway this Friday (July 15). The 50/50 blended fuel will be used for six months on eight of its 28 daily flights on the near-500 mile round trip, notching up 1,200 flights in all and saving a total of 1,500 tonnes of CO2, says the airline. Although Lufthansa has been pipped to the post by KLM as the first airline to use recently approved hydroprocessed fuels on a commercial flight, the German carrier is laying claim to being the first to use sustainable biofuels in regular service. Lufthansa has also said it will start a programme of replacing its cargo containers with new lightweight versions that are 15 per cent lighter. In addition, the airline has joined in the launch of a new climate research project for the long-term observation of the Earth's atmosphere. Read more ...

Commercial biofuel flights given all-clear for takeoff as hydroprocessed renewable jet fuels get standards approval | ASTM,CAAFI
Commercial biofuel flights given all-clear for takeoff as hydroprocessed renewable jet fuels get standards approval
Mon 4 July 2011 - Fuel standards body ASTM International has passed specifications for the commercial and military use of renewable jet fuels produced from vegetable oil-containing feedstocks such as algae, camelina or jatropha, and also from animal fats. A newly issued ASTM D7566-11 spec allows a 50 per cent blending of fuels derived from hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) with conventional petroleum-based jet kerosene. Last week, KLM became the first airline to take advantage of the landmark certification by operating a scheduled flight between Amsterdam and Paris using a blend based on used cooking oil sourced from the United States. The ASTM subcommittee responsible for alternative jet fuel certification, which approved Fischer-Tropsch synthesis fuels two years ago, will now turn its attention to approving fuels derived from sugars, alcohols and some other synthetic technologies. (Updated July 5Read more ...

Thomson Airways to become first UK sustainable jet biofuels operator as it announces start of weekly flights | Thomson Airways,SkyNRG
Thomson Airways to become first UK sustainable jet biofuels operator as it announces start of weekly flights
Fri 1 July 2011 - UK holiday airline Thomson Airways is to operate the UK's first sustainable biofuel commercial flight at the end of this month and start regular weekly flights from September on routes from Birmingham. A 50/50 blend of used cooking oil and regular jet kerosene is being supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG, which has sourced the biofuel from Dynamic Fuels in the United States. It will be the same blend of fuel as that used on a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Paris earlier this week. Thomson called on the UK and EU governments to help reduce the significant premium of sustainable aviation biofuels over conventional fuels by incentivising investment. Welcoming the airline's announcement and the aviation industry's drive towards technological change, UK Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers said the fuels had a role to play in efforts to tackle climate change. Read more ...

Solena signs agreements with US and international airlines to supply jet biofuels in northern California | Solena
Solena signs agreements with US and international airlines to supply jet biofuels in northern California
Thu 30 June 2011 - Ten airlines have signed Letters of Intent (LOI) with Solena Fuels to negotiate the purchase of jet biofuels produced from urban and agricultural waste at a proposed northern California facility, dubbed 'GreenSky California'. The agreement involves seven airline members of the Air Transport Association (ATA) and its development was led by American Airlines and United Continental. The other ATA members to the agreement are Alaska Airlines, FedEx, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and US Airways, along with associate member Air Canada and outsiders Frontier Airlines and Lufthansa. The facility is planning to produce sustainable jet biofuel to support airline operations at Oakland, San Francisco and/or San Jose airports by 2015. Read more ...

A new era for aviation as KLM becomes first airline to operate a commercial flight using biofuels | KLM,SkyNRG
A new era for aviation as KLM becomes first airline to operate a commercial flight using biofuels
Wed 29 June 2011 - KLM produced a surprise today by becoming the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight powered partly by a sustainable biofuel. The scheduled flight of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft between Amsterdam and Paris carried 171 passengers and was seen off by the Dutch State Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment, Joop Atsma. The biokerosene was a mix of used cooking oil supplied by SkyNRG and produced by US-based Dynamic Fuels, and conventional jet fuel. Oil-based biofuels were recently passed for commercial aviation use by members of fuel body ASTM International, although the approval and certification process has not yet been completed. However, the KLM flight was granted permission by the Dutch Inspectorate for Transport, Public Works and Water Management with the support of Boeing. Read more ...

LanzaTech awarded US DARPA contract to carry out further research into its alcohol-to-jet fuel technology | LanzaTech,Holmgren,DARPA
LanzaTech awarded US DARPA contract to carry out further research into its alcohol-to-jet fuel technology
Wed 29 June 2011 - There is much current debate about the impact of biofuel production on land and food resources but one company exhibiting at last week's Paris Air Show claims to have the technology in place that avoids the problem altogether. New Zealand-based LanzaTech has developed a fermentation process that feeds off industrial flue gases to produce alcohols, such as ethanol, that can be thermochemically converted to aviation fuel. Another potential advantage of the process is that it has the potential to produce jet fuels that contain the necessary all-important aromatics and so circumvent the need for blending with conventional fossil-based kerosene. The company has just been awarded funding from the United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further research into the technology with the aim of producing military-grade JP-8 aviation jet fuel. Read more ...

KLM looks to used cooking oil to power a programme of 200 commercial biofuel flights from September | KLM,SkyNRG,Dynamic Fuels
KLM looks to used cooking oil to power a programme of 200 commercial biofuel flights from September
Tue 28 June 2011 - Following imminent ASTM certification of oil-derived aviation biofuels, KLM has followed Lufthansa's lead in announcing a programme of scheduled commercial flights that will use bio-blended jet fuels. The KLM programme involves the use of a 50 per cent blended biokerosene on 200 Boeing 737 flights between Amsterdam and Paris starting in September and will last for several months. Instead of the mainly plant-based biofuel that Lufthansa will be using, KLM has sourced synthetic jet fuel from the United States made from used cooking oil. It is being supplied by SkyNRG, a consortium set up by KLM in 2009 to develop a sustainable production chain for aviation biofuels, and produced by Dynamic Fuels at its plant in Louisiana, from where it will be shipped to Europe just prior to commencement of operations. Read more ...

Momentum gathering towards aviation biofuels commercialisation as US and European policy-makers signal support | SWAFEA,Vilsack,Obama
Momentum gathering towards aviation biofuels commercialisation as US and European policy-makers signal support
Mon 27 June 2011 - The momentum driving the introduction of aviation biofuels received a significant boost with a number of initiatives and events taking place at last week's Paris Air Show. While the transatlantic biofuel flights conducted by Boeing and Honeywell attracted wide attention and media column inches, it was the announcements behind the scenes that offered more substance on progress towards a viable alternative jet fuel industry. A high-profile visit by the US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with officials from the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission, to the Alternative Aviation Fuels Showcase taking place in one of the exhibition halls added weight to growing optimism from the aviation and biofuels sectors that policy-makers are getting behind a drive to implement a coherent strategy towards large-scale commercialisation of sustainable aviation biofuels production in Europe and the US. Read more ...

First-ever transatlantic aviation biofuel flight sets up week of alternative aviation fuel events at Paris Air Show | Camelina,CAAFI,747-8
First-ever transatlantic aviation biofuel flight sets up week of alternative aviation fuel events at Paris Air Show
Thu 16 June 2011 - Aviation biofuels are likely to receive a high profile at this year's Paris Air Show that starts on Monday when Boeing will fly in its new 747-8 freighter from the US having been powered by a biofuel blend, so marking not only the plane's international air show debut but also the first transatlantic crossing of a commercial airliner using a sustainable biofuel. Each of the freighter's four GE GEnx-2B engines will be powered by a blend of 15 per cent camelina-based fuel and 85 per cent traditional Jet-A kerosene. Another transatlantic biofuel flight is also expected but details have not been released. During the air show, a major US-led initiative will be showcasing efforts on alternative aviation fuels, with a number of presentations and panel sessions taking place with leading biofuel companies and airlines participating. (updated June 19Read more ...

Aviation biofuels powering commercial flights nears reality as technical standards body passes approval | ASTM,CAAFI
Aviation biofuels powering commercial flights nears reality as technical standards body passes approval
Tue 14 June 2011 - A major technical milestone has been reached in the introduction of renewable aviation biofuels as the main standards body responsible for certifying fuels has granted preliminary approval for their use in commercial operations after a ballot by a committee of industry, air force and regulatory stakeholders was unanimously passed. Final approval is expected at the beginning of July with technical specifications for bio-derived fuel then being added to the existing D7566 alternative fuel specification. Plans to start using biofuels in the prescribed 50 per cent blends have been stalled since a similar ballot six months ago unexpectedly threw up concerns over an engine test contamination issue, which have now been overcome. Lufthansa has ambitions to be the first airline to use blended biofuels under commercial flying conditions and is now awaiting the rubber-stamping before commencing a programme of regular daily flights. Read more ...

German cross-industry initiative launched to promote research and development of sustainable aviation biofuels | aireg,Lufthansa biofuels
German cross-industry initiative launched to promote research and development of sustainable aviation biofuels
Fri 10 June 2011 - Leading research institutions and representatives from the aviation industry in Germany have come together to form an association aimed at supporting research activities into renewable energy sources, notably biofuels, for the sector. Called the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany - aireg - the 20 members include airlines such as Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Condor and TUIfly, along with Munich Airport and aerospace manufacturers EADS, MTU Aero Engines and Rolls-Royce Deutschland. Among the research bodies participating are two universities, as well as the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ). Launching the association, Germany's transport minister, Dr Peter Ramsauer (left in photo), said in the light of the recent decision to restructure the country's energy supply system, air traffic must make a contribution to achieving climate protection goals. Read more ...

Study shows how Australia and New Zealand can establish their own sustainable aviation biofuels industry | CSIRO,Solena Australia
Study shows how Australia and New Zealand can establish their own sustainable aviation biofuels industry
Tue 7 June 2011 - A study to determine the feasibility of the Australian and New Zealand aviation sector using sustainable biofuels to meet industry carbon reduction targets concludes that a bio-derived jet fuel industry could decrease aviation emissions by 17 per cent and generate more than 12,000 jobs by 2030. Commissioned by a range of aviation interests, the 'Flight Path to Sustainable Aviation' report does not make policy recommendations but is aimed at providing critical input to strategic policy and investment decision-making for both stakeholders and policy makers. It puts forward a roadmap scenario in which the aviation sectors of the two countries could achieve a five per cent biofuel share in their total fuel use by 2020, expanding that amount to 40 per cent by 2050. Taking a lead in the development of a sustainable aviation fuels industry could also create the opportunity for the region to export high-value engineering know-how to the world. Read more ...

Diverse feedstocks and government support required to meet aviation biofuels demand, says US Northwest report | Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest,SAFN
Diverse feedstocks and government support required to meet aviation biofuels demand, says US Northwest report
Mon 6 June 2011 - A variety of feedstocks and technologies are necessary to fulfil a substantial demand for sustainable aviation biofuels in the Northwest region of the United States, according to a report published by over 40 stakeholders representing the aviation and biofuels industries, research, agriculture and forestry, and government agencies. Launched in July 2010, the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN) initiative - largely driven by Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Washington State University and three of the region's largest airports - has identified potential pathways and actions needed to make aviation biofuels available to airline operators in the region. While the study does not advocate permanent government support, public investment and parity with other biofuels programmes will be required, particularly in the early stages, to place the industry on an economically competitive basis. Read more ...

MIT analysis emphasises the large variability in greenhouse gas emissions from jet biofuel production | MIT
MIT analysis emphasises the large variability in greenhouse gas emissions from jet biofuel production
Tue 24 May 2011 - There's a race afoot to give wings to biofuels in the aviation industry as part of an effort to combat soaring fuel prices and cut greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, Virgin Atlantic became the first commercial airline to fly a plane on a blend of biofuel and petroleum. Since then, a number of airlines around the world have flown biofuel test flights, and Lufthansa is racing to be the first carrier to run daily flights on a biofuel blend. However, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say the industry may want to cool its jets and make sure it has examined biofuels' complete carbon footprint before making an all-out push, reports Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office. They say that when a biofuel's origins are factored in - for example, taking into account whether the fuel is made from palm oil grown in a clear-cut rainforest - conventional fossil fuels may sometimes be the greener choice. Read more ...

Brazilian jet biofuel ventures blossom as jatropha 'field to wing' platform adds a new international R&D partner | Brazil,jatropha,TAM,ABPPM,Quinvita
Brazilian jet biofuel ventures blossom as jatropha 'field to wing' platform adds a new international R&D partner
Fri 20 May 2011 - Global industrial crops technology company Quinvita is the latest to join a new biofuel alliance that has come together to produce sustainable jet biofuel from Brazilian-grown jatropha. The Brazilian Bio-Jetfuel Platform is a collaboration led by Curcas Diesel Brasil to form a jet biofuel value chain from 'field to wing' in the country. Quinvita will work with the platform's partners on the deployment of its proprietary knowledge in jatropha agronomy and processing, and will test its advanced jatropha cultivars in selected locations in Brazil. Curcas Diesel Brazil played a key role in sourcing jatropha feedstocks for a demonstration flight undertaken last November by TAM Airlines on an Airbus A320. Since then, TAM and Airbus have formed a separate alliance with a Curcas breakaway company called Jet Bio, and are targeting a supply of 80,000 tonnes of jatropha-based jet fuel in 2013. Read more ...

Canada joins the renewable jet fuel race as Rentech looks to open major forest waste biomass project | Rentech
Canada joins the renewable jet fuel race as Rentech looks to open major forest waste biomass project
Tue 17 May 2011 - Reputed to be the birthplace of the bear cub that inspired AA Milne's book Winnie the Pooh, the township of White River in northwest Ontario is set to become the home of Canada's first major jet biofuel facility. The Ontario government has selected US renewable fuels company Rentech to receive waste biomass from its Crown forests for production of renewable jet fuel at the company's proposed Olympiad Project in White River. The project is being designed to produce around 85 million litres (23 million gallons) annually of renewable and certified low-carbon RenJet fuel, and is scheduled to be in service in 2015. In 2009, Rentech signed an offtake agreement with around 13 major airlines for future supplies of alternative aviation fuel. The company also supplied synthetic jet fuel for a validation flight carried out by United Airlines last year, and its technology is set to be utilised in the Solena/British Airways municipal waste-to-jet fuel plant in the UK. Read more ...

$70 billion investment required to meet aviation biofuel ambitions, although industry denies setting target | BioJet International,Avjet Biotech
$70 billion investment required to meet aviation biofuel ambitions, although industry denies setting target
Fri 13 May 2011 - An investment of up to $70 billion will be required to meet aviation biofuel targets, and is needed now, said Mitch Hawkins, the CEO of BioJet International, a company that aims to become a leading global feedstock producer and supplier of renewable jet fuel. Speaking at this week's IATA Aviation Fuel Forum in Singapore, he noted the industry had set a target of 6 per cent of jet fuel coming from sustainable biofuels by 2020 but because of the lead times involved, he said the multi-billion investment would have to start flowing immediately to achieve the goal. The EU recently set out its ambitions for biofuels to make up 40 per cent of the overall aviation mix by 2050. Meanwhile, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the industry umbrella organisation, has since clarified its position on aviation biofuel targets, saying they had not been set. Read more ...

Iberia and Aena launch microalgae project to investigate potential for aircraft and ground vehicle biofuels | Iberia,Aena,AlgaEnergy,algae
Iberia and Aena launch microalgae project to investigate potential for aircraft and ground vehicle biofuels
Fri 6 May 2011 - A research facility is to be set up at Madrid-Barajas Airport by Iberia, airport authority Aena and microalgae technology company AlgaEnergy to explore the potential of microalgae as a biofuel to power airport ground vehicles and aircraft. To be installed near Terminal 4, the facility will have an initial budget of 600,000 euros ($860,000) and is due to become operational next month. The overall project will involve research and experimentation as well as improving technologies for sequestering carbon dioxide and the cultivation of microalgae. The purpose is to reduce the production costs of biomass and to achieve profitable biofuel production. A month ago, Iberia signed an agreement with Airbus and the Spanish government with the aim of developing a complete 'value chain' in the country to produce aviation biofuels. Read more ...

Prior land use and improving crop yields key to jatropha jet fuel benefits in Latin America, finds Yale study | Jatropha,Yale,Brazil,Mexico
Prior land use and improving crop yields key to jatropha jet fuel benefits in Latin America, finds Yale study
Thu 7 Apr 2011 - Jatropha can deliver strong environmental and socio-economic benefits for Latin America, and can provide greenhouse gas reductions of up to 60 per cent when compared to petroleum-based jet fuel if the right farming and land use conditions are met. These are the findings of a Boeing-funded study conducted by Yale University's School of Environmental Studies. The Yale team studied jatropha curcas projects in Brazil and conducted extensive interviews with jatropha farmers and used field measurements to develop the first comprehensive sustainability analysis of actual ventures, compared to previous theoretical studies. Prior land use issues and the quality of crop yields produced widely varying sustainability results relative to conventional jet fuel. Boeing says the study provides scientific guidance for aviation biofuel efforts in Brazil and Mexico. Read more ...

Airbus ramps up its jet biofuel initiatives with first Mexican demo flight and a Spanish biofuel production study | ASA,Interjet,Iberia,Mexico
Airbus ramps up its jet biofuel initiatives with first Mexican demo flight and a Spanish biofuel production study
Fri 1 Apr 2011 - Mexico's first aviation jet biofuel flight takes place today as Interjet carries out a demonstration flight between Mexico City's International Airport and the Angel Albino Corzo of Tuxtla Gutierrez airport in the southern state of Chiapas. One engine of a CFM-powered Airbus A320 will use a 27 per cent blend of biofuel made from jatropha sourced from Chiapas and produced by Honeywell's UOP, and 73% of conventional Jet A-1. Also actively involved with the project is state-owned Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA), which is leading Mexico's plans for one per cent of jet fuel consumption to be met from sustainable biofuels by 2015. Following the announcement of a Romanian biofuel initiative last week, Airbus has signed an agreement with the Spanish government and Iberia that aims to develop an aviation biofuel production value chain in Spain. Read more ...

Obama spurs development of advanced aviation biofuels as part of national plan for energy security
Obama spurs development of advanced aviation biofuels as part of national plan for energy security
Fri 1 Apr 2011 - Against a backdrop of Middle East instability and the volatility in crude oil prices, President Obama has called for a one-third reduction of all US oil imports by 2025. Unveiling a 'Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future', the President outlined a range of clean energy proposals including broadening investment in research and development of advanced biofuels and increasing the number of public transit options, such as high-speed rail, in order to reduce oil dependence. He challenged his Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy and the Navy to investigate how they can work together to speed the development of drop-in biofuels. "Competitively-priced drop-in biofuels could help meet the fuel needs of the Navy, as well as the commercial aviation and shipping sectors," he said. Read more ...

Focus on cost and sustainability issues as aviation and biofuel sectors meet face to face in Rotterdam | WBM,RSB
Focus on cost and sustainability issues as aviation and biofuel sectors meet face to face in Rotterdam
Mon 28 Mar 2011 - Sustainability and economics dominated debate at last week's World Biofuels Market (WBM) event in Rotterdam as airlines gathered to make the case for aviation biofuels commercialisation to a wider biofuels industry audience. In a keynote speech, KLM Managing Director Jan Ernst de Groot said biofuels were vital to reducing aviation CO2 but reducing the cost of production towards equivalence with fossil-based kerosene was key, although government help could reduce the parity timeframe. He told delegates that airlines would never compromise on sustainability and they could not afford to use the wrong type of feedstocks that did not meet strict criteria. The aviation biofuels lobby has thrown its weight behind the Swiss-based Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, which announced it had joined forces with Boeing to help align the various global voluntary standards on biofuel sustainability and bring down the costs of certification. Read more ...

Airbus and TAROM launch major project to produce aviation biofuel from European-grown camelina | TAROM,camelina,TAM
Airbus and TAROM launch major project to produce aviation biofuel from European-grown camelina
Tue 22 Mar 2011 - Airbus and Romanian airline TAROM have launched a biofuel project that they hope may lead to commercial-scale production of sustainable jet biofuel derived from the camelina plant. A high-energy oilseed crop, camelina has been grown in Romania for thousands of years and tests in the United States have shown it to be a promising feedstock for jet biofuel. Feasibility studies will be carried out by a consortium of key stakeholders on a range of different seed varieties and harvesting methods, with Airbus acting as the catalyst in setting up a Romanian 'value chain' towards production. Paul Nash, Head of New Energies at Airbus, is optimistic enough fuel can be sourced for demonstration flights to take place by TAROM before the end of the year. Airbus will be involved in ensuring sustainability criteria is met and Nash believes the fuel will achieve a minimum 50 per cent reduction in life-cycle GHG emissions compared to conventional jet kerosene. Read more ...

US and Brazilian governments sign agreement on partnership to develop aviation biofuels | ABRABA,CAAFI
US and Brazilian governments sign agreement on partnership to develop aviation biofuels
Mon 21 Mar 2011 - To coincide with a visit by President Obama, Brazil and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance cooperation on developing aviation biofuels. The sides note that as the world's two largest biofuels producers, the development of aviation biofuels "constitutes an important instrument for the mitigation of climate change and for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions". Goals for the partnership include coordinating efforts towards the establishment of common standards and specifications for aviation biofuels, strengthening private sector partnerships and preventing international barriers to biofuels trade and development. The agreement formalises the close ties already established between the United States' CAAFI and the Brazilian ABRABA aviation alternative fuels initiatives. (Updated 22 Mar 2011) Read more ...

Action required now if alternative aviation fuels are to help meet emissions targets, concludes major European study | SWAFEA
Action required now if alternative aviation fuels are to help meet emissions targets, concludes major European study
Fri 18 Feb 2011 - The transfer from fossil fuels to biofuels is a must if the air transport industry is to survive beyond the middle of century, was the stark message from Dirk van Vreckem of the European Commission's mobility and transport directorate (DG MOVE) at a conference in Toulouse, France last week. He said a business-as-usual increase in aviation emissions of 150 per cent by 2050 over 1990 levels was unsustainable. The conference was held to outline the results of the major two-year feasibility and impact assessment SWAFEA study initiated by the Commission on alternative aviation fuels. However, contributors to the study pointed out the strong challenges posed if biofuels are to play an important role in helping meet industry emissions reduction targets, identifying sustainability, biomass availability and investment as key obstacles to be overcome. Read more ...

Algae technology company OriginOil to participate in pilot project as Mexico kick-starts jet biofuels industry | OriginOil,ASA,Mexico
Algae technology company OriginOil to participate in pilot project as Mexico kick-starts jet biofuels industry
Thu 17 Feb 2011 - US-based algae technology company OriginOil is to participate in a pilot scale algae project to be funded by the Mexican government as part of an initial substantial investment in large-scale jet fuels production in the country. The project is to be sited in Ensenada, Baja California, situated on the north-west Pacific coast of Mexico and considered an ideal environment for algae growth with abundant sunlight and access to seawater. Mexico has ambitions as a major producer of transport biofuels, not just to satisfy its own domestic needs but also at the huge US market across the border. Mexico's largest airport operator Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA), responsible also for most of the jet fuel management in the country, is aiding in the development of a jet biofuels industry. Read more ...

Delay to certification of aviation jet biofuels may damage investor confidence, claims Lufthansa | Lufthansa,ASTM International,Rolls-Royce,British Airways,Air France,SWAFEA
Delay to certification of aviation jet biofuels may damage investor confidence, claims Lufthansa
Mon 14 Feb 2011 - The approval of Bio-SPK jet fuels for use in commercial aircraft operations is not now expected until the middle of the year at earliest and could possibly be delayed until the end of 2011, says the FAA representative on the ASTM International committee responsible for certifying the fuels. Approval had been expected by now but concerns were raised during an ASTM meeting in December, said to be made by an engine manufacturer, which will require further testing to be carried out. The delay has angered Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, which planned this spring to become the first airline to introduce biofuel blended jet fuel on regular commercial passenger flights. A first shipment of jatropha jet biofuel was ready for delivery to Hamburg from Neste Oil's Porvoo facility in Finland, said the airline. Read more ...

Aviation biofuels company receives over $1 billion funding facility for supply chain projects and acquisitions | BioJet International,BioJet Corporation,JatrophaBioJet
Aviation biofuels company receives over $1 billion funding facility for supply chain projects and acquisitions
Mon 7 Feb 2011 - BioJet International, a supply chain integrator in renewable jet fuel, has acquired $1.2 billion in capital funding from Cayman Islands-based Equity Partners Fund to develop feedstock and refining projects, as well as investment and strategic acquisitions. BioJet says it has operations throughout the entire biofuel value chain, including feedstock generation, technology, refining, logistics, sustainability certification and distribution. The company, formerly JatrophaBioJet, is a collaboration of Abundant Biofuels Corporation, South Polar Carbon Asset Management and Mitch Hawkins and Company. Last year, BioJet became IATA's first Alternative Fuels Strategic Partner and also participates in the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative (CAAFI). Read more ...

Finnair postpones early plans to use jet biofuel on commercial flights citing sustainability and price issues | Finnair,Neste Oil,Lufthansa
Finnair postpones early plans to use jet biofuel on commercial flights citing sustainability and price issues
Thu 3 Feb 2010 - Finnair has pulled out of plans to introduce jet biofuels on commercial flights. The airline hoped to be amongst the first early adopters following an approval for the use of Bio-SPK fuels expected within the next few months. It says there were issues concerning the sustainability and cost of the fuel, along with supply chain challenges, which was to be produced and supplied by fellow Finnish company Neste Oil. Last week, Neste Oil received a "shame award" from Greenpeace although Finnair deny this influenced its decision. Neste is one of the world's largest users of 'certified' palm oil, which it uses in its NExBTL renewable diesel. Lufthansa says it will continue with preparations to use NExBTL jet fuel on flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg this spring. Meanwhile, Finnair has just relaunched its corporate responsibility web pages to project its image as an ethical and environmentally conscious airline. Read more ...

Alitalia becomes the latest airline interested in partnering with Solena on a municipal waste to jet fuel project | Alitalia,Solena
Alitalia becomes the latest airline interested in partnering with Solena on a municipal waste to jet fuel project
Thu 3 Feb 2011 - Following news last month that Qantas had signed a letter of intent with US biofuel technology company Solena Group to explore the feasibility of building and operating a municipal solid waste (MSW) to jet biofuel conversion plant in Australia, Italian carrier Alitalia and Solena have agreed to start a similar study. Solena is currently in the process of raising finance and identifying a potential site in London following an offtake agreement signed a year ago with British Airways. Unconfirmed reports suggest Solena is also in discussions with various airlines about the possibility of a similar plant in Dublin. Under the Solena model, its proposed facility aims to convert around 500,000 tonnes of MSW into 16 million gallons of jet fuel and nine million gallons of bionaphtha per year. Read more ...

Air China and Boeing make plans for the first trans-Pacific sustainable biofuel-powered flight  | Air China,Etihad Airways,Masdar
Air China and Boeing make plans for the first trans-Pacific sustainable biofuel-powered flight
Mon 31 Jan 2011 - Air China and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the intention of carrying out a trans-Pacific biofuel flight between China and the US, and will follow China's first biofuel demonstration flight planned for the second half of this year. The sustainably-sourced biofuel for the trans-Pacific flight will be produced both in the US and China to test and compare the respective qualities and capabilities of the fuels. In addition to Boeing, Air China will collaborate on the project with PetroChina, Honeywell's UOP, Pratt & Whitney and other partners. Meanwhile, in another aviation biofuel project involving Boeing and UOP, the Abu Dhabi based Masdar Institute has announced the completion of a one-year study into the viability of salt water tolerant plants irrigated with seawater as a sustainable feedstock for aviation biofuels. Read more ...

Washington State announces forest biomass pilot project proposal to create jet biofuel from wood waste | Seattle-Tacoma,Washington State Department of Natural Resources,Seattle,Washington State University
Washington State announces forest biomass pilot project proposal to create jet biofuel from wood waste
Wed 12 Jan 2011 - Legislation has been proposed to establish a Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forest biomass pilot project that would create jet fuel from wood waste and mill residue. The announcement was made by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark at the Pacific West Biomass Conference in Seattle. The bill would also convene a stakeholder group to develop a strategy for moving a sustainable biofuel industry forward, says DNR. The initiative comes after a six-month project to assess the potential of a sustainable aviation fuels industry in the Pacific Northwest was started in July 2010 by local aviation interests and other stakeholders. Three airports - Seattle-Tacoma, Spokane International and Portland International - along with Alaska Airlines and Seattle-based Boeing funded a four-state regional assessment to look at biomass options and possible sources for creating renewable jet fuel. Read more ...

Qantas and Solena to explore feasibility of a waste to jet biofuel production plant in Australia | Solena,Qantas
Qantas and Solena to explore feasibility of a waste to jet biofuel production plant in Australia
Wed 5 Jan 2011 - US-based Solena Group, which is seeking to build and operate a facility in London to convert waste biomass feedstock into sustainable jet fuel, has signed a letter of intent with Qantas to develop a business plan over the next 12 months with a view to building a similar production plant in Australia. The London project, called GreenSky, is due to open in 2014 and will produce around 16 million gallons of jet fuel and nine million gallons of bionaphtha a year when fully operational. Although no details have been released by either side, it is likely Qantas would undertake a long-term offtake agreement to purchase all the jet biofuel produced by the proposed facility, as British Airways has committed to in respect of the London operation. A UK newspaper reports that Solena is also exploring the possibility of partnering with a number of airlines on a similar venture in Dublin, Ireland. Read more ...

Finnair aims to become a launch customer for commercial airline jet biofuel flights in 2011 | Finnair,Neste Oil,Lufthansa
Finnair aims to become a launch customer for commercial airline jet biofuel flights in 2011
Tue 21 Dec 2010 - Following the recent announcement that Lufthansa is set to become the world’s first airline to use biofuels on commercial flights, it has emerged that Finnair is also in discussions with the same biofuel supplier, Finland's Neste Oil, to become a launch user of sustainable jet fuels derived from logging waste. According to Finnair and Neste, the two parties have been looking at areas of cooperation for over two years and are still ongoing. Finnair said a decision has still to be made on when the first commercial biofuel flights will take place and will depend on factors such as the availability of biomass and when biofuel blends will be certified for commercial use. Read more ...

Airbus and TAM Airlines to support jatropha-based bio-kerosene jet fuel processing plant project in Brazil | TAM,Airbus alternative fuels,Brazil
Airbus and TAM Airlines to support jatropha-based bio-kerosene jet fuel processing plant project in Brazil
Fri 10 Dec 2010 - Airbus and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines have joined with a group of specialist companies to establish a bio-kerosene jet fuel processing plant in Brazil. The group is led by Curcas, which specializes in renewable energy project development, and biofuel producer Brasil Ecodiesel. In parallel, Airbus and AirBP - the jet fuel distribution unit of BP - are providing support to the project, with Airbus also sponsoring sustainability studies. The plant is expected to start operations in 2013 with an initial processing capacity of 80,000 tonnes (around 26.4 million US gallons) of jet biofuel per year. Last month, TAM performed a jatropha-based Airbus A320 biofuel flight. Read more ...

Lufthansa to start industry-first scheduled passenger jet biofuel flights in 2011 in partnership with Airbus | Lufthansa,Neste Oil,TAM Airlines
Lufthansa to start industry-first scheduled passenger jet biofuel flights in 2011 in partnership with Airbus
Mon 29 Nov 2010 - Lufthansa is to commence the world's first scheduled daily flights from April 2011 using a biofuel blended jet fuel. The 50 percent blend made from Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil will be used on one engine of an IAE-powered Airbus A321 aircraft on flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt. The flights will initially continue for a period of six months as part of a project to study the long-term impact of sustainable biofuels on aircraft performance, with Airbus providing technical assistance and fuel properties monitoring. The fuel will come from sustainable feedstock sources and is being provided under a long-term agreement with Finland-based Neste Oil. Last week, Airbus conducted its first Latin American biofuel test flight with TAM Airlines. Read more ...

TAM Airlines conducts first-ever Airbus biofuel flight using Brazilian-sourced jatropha-based kerosene blend | TAM Airlines,ABRABA
TAM Airlines conducts first-ever Airbus biofuel flight using Brazilian-sourced jatropha-based kerosene blend
Tue 23 Nov 2010 - More aviation biofuel milestones were passed yesterday as TAM Airlines together with Airbus conducted Latin America's first jatropha-based fuel flight, which also represented the first Airbus airliner to fly with a crop-based biofuel blend. Previous Airbus alternative fuel flights have been powered by gas-to-liquid (GTL) blends. Fuel for the TAM A320 flight was a 50 percent blend of locally-sourced Brazilian jatropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene that had been processed by Honeywell's UOP. Just one of the two CFM56 engines was powered using the biofuel. Airbus estimates that sustainable biofuels could supply some 30 percent of commercial aviation as early as 2030. In May, 10 Brazilian organizations, including TAM and three other airlines, formed the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels to promote biofuel initiatives in the country. Read more ...

Solena and Rentech to partner on synthetic fuel technology for Europe's proposed first sustainable jet fuel facility | Solena,Rentech
Solena and Rentech to partner on synthetic fuel technology for Europe's proposed first sustainable jet fuel facility
Thu 18 Nov 2010 - Solena Group, which is seeking to build a facility in London to convert waste biomass feedstock into sustainable jet fuel, has signed a letter of intent with fellow US company Rentech to negotiate a licensing deal to the use the latter's proprietary Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthetic fuel technology. The GreenSky facility is due to open in 2014 and will produce around 16 million gallons of jet fuel and nine million gallons of bionaphtha a year when fully operational. Solena has identified potential sites and is currently in discussions with various funding sources to secure the finance for the project. British Airways has committed to a minimum 10-year offtake agreement to purchase all the jet fuel produced. Meanwhile, the airline said it has attracted interest from 18 potential suppliers of alternative jet fuel for an engine test programme it is planning with Rolls-Royce. Read more ...

US Department of Agriculture and FAA sign five-year agreement to evaluate rural feedstocks for jet biofuels | USDA,Tom Vilsack
US Department of Agriculture and FAA sign five-year agreement to evaluate rural feedstocks for jet biofuels
Wed 27 Oct 2010 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has signed a five-year agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop aviation jet fuel from forest and crop residues, as well as other green feedstocks. Domestic production of renewable energy, including biofuels, is a national imperative, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who announced the venture along with with other initiatives to spur rural revitalization. The USDA and FAA will bring together their experience in "research, policy analysis and air transportation sector dynamics" to assess the availability of different kinds of feedstocks that could be processed by bio-refineries to produce jet fuels. The Air Transport Association (ATA) said it would provide confidence to those looking to invest in renewable aviation fuels. Read more ...

South Africa's Sasol claims world’s first commercial aircraft flight to be fully fuelled with synthetic jet fuel | Sasol,synthetic jet fuel
South Africa's Sasol claims world’s first commercial aircraft flight to be fully fuelled with synthetic jet fuel
Thu 23 Sept 2010 - Formed in 1950 to produce oil from South Africa's coal reserves, Sasol celebrated its 60th anniversary with flights from Lanseria Airport near Johannesburg to Cape Town using 100 percent synthetic jet fuel produced from the company's proprietary coal-to-liquid (CTL) process. Sasol claims its CTL fuel is the world's first fully synthetic jet fuel to have received international approval by the global aviation fuel specification authorities as a commercial aviation turbine fuel. The company says the flights mark a significant development in the adoption of clean burning alternative fuels for the aviation industry. Although lifecycle assessment studies show CTL jet fuels have higher carbon emissions than conventional kerosene derived from crude oil, Sasol maintains the engine-out emissions of its fuel are lower due to a limited sulphur content. Read more ...

Airbus and BA form consortium with Cranfield to explore feasibility of offshore algae for jet fuel production | Cranfield,algae,British Airways
Airbus and BA form consortium with Cranfield to explore feasibility of offshore algae for jet fuel production
Tue 21 Sept 2010 - Airbus and British Airways are to take part in a project set up by the UK's Cranfield University to explore how algae can be harvested in ocean-based facilities to produce jet fuel in commercial quantities. A consortium called the Sustainable Use of Renewable Fuels (SURF) has been set by the three parties, along with Rolls-Royce, Finnair, London Gatwick Airport and IATA, to serve as an advisory and steering group to Cranfield's Sea Green project. The university already has a pilot facility on campus that is growing and processing algae for biofuels but the eventual aim is for Sea Green to set up sustainable salt-water facilities, producing the first commercial quantities of biomass for biofuels within three years. Read more ...

Progress on alternative jet fuels "stunning", says aviation industry, but commercialization is now the major challenge | CAAFI,Solazyme,UOP,ATAG
Progress on alternative jet fuels "stunning", says aviation industry, but commercialization is now the major challenge
Mon 2 Aug 2010 - Boeing, Airbus and IATA lined up at the recent Farnborough Air Show to proclaim rapid progress in the development of alternative sustainable jet fuels but warned of the challenges ahead in bringing them to commercial scale. Producers and end users came together during the show to put on a series of briefing sessions on biofuel developments. "Stunning is the only word I can use to describe how much progress has been made in the last three years," said Paul Steele, IATA's Director of Aviation Environment and head of the industry coalition Air Transport Action Group. "We have seen a huge amount of activity in driving this forward. Certification has been the prime focus to begin with because safety is a key issue. We believe commercial biofuel flights are now three to five years away - some may say sooner than that." Read more ...

Solena jet biofuel project with British Airways on track, says CEO, as the airline seeks further supplies for engine testing | Solena,British Airways,Rolls-Royce
Solena jet biofuel project with British Airways on track, says CEO, as the airline seeks further supplies for engine testing
Wed 28 July 2010 - Solena Group CEO Dr Robert Do says the search for a potential site for its waste biomass-to-jet fuel plant in East London has been narrowed down to two or three locations, with an announcement due shortly. Speaking at last week's Farnborough Air Show, Do expressed confidence that the company will be successful in attracting major international investors for the proposed $280 million facility. Now dubbed the GreenSky project, Solena and its partner and customer British Airways are bullish that 16 million gallons of jet biofuel will be in annual production once the plant opens in 2014. Meanwhile, the airline and Rolls-Royce have invited fuel suppliers to take part in a test programme to evaluate a range of alternative jet fuels. Read more ...

Canadian programme formed to undertake camelina-sourced biofuel test flight of a Bombardier turboprop | Bombardier,camelina,Pratt & Whitney Canada,Canada,GARDN
Canadian programme formed to undertake camelina-sourced biofuel test flight of a Bombardier turboprop
Fri 23 July 2010 – A six-partner consortium led by crop biotechnology company Targeted Growth Canada (TGC) is to undertake a test programme using biofuel sourced from camelina oil that will culminate in a demonstration flight of a Porter Airlines Bombardier Q400 twin-turboprop aircraft planned for early 2012. TGC, Bombardier Aerospace and Porter are joined on the programme by engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada, Sustainable Oils and Honeywell’s UOP. Funding for the project is being provided by the partners as well as by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), an arms-length, not-for-profit corporation created by the Canadian government, and Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN). Read more ...

PARTNER publishes first comprehensive study into comparing life-cycle GHG emissions of aviation alternative fuels | PARTNER
PARTNER publishes first comprehensive study into comparing life-cycle GHG emissions of aviation alternative fuels
Thu 27 May 2010 - The first-ever study into a comparison of the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of a range of alternative aviation fuels has been published by the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER), based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The work uses consistent methodologies to facilitate equitable comparisons, with a range of life-cycle GHG emissions provided for each feedstock. Importantly, it provides an examination of emissions from land use change, a current issue of concern. The range of drop-in fuels studied cover Fischer-Tropsch fuels as well Hydrotreated Renewable Jet fuels such as from jatropha, although camelina, which has already been used on test flights, will be analyzed only in a future study. The report was sponsored by the FAA. Read more ...

Airline group working to develop sustainable jet biofuels pledges renewed support for standards process | SAFUG,RSB,Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels
Airline group working to develop sustainable jet biofuels pledges renewed support for standards process
Mon 24 May 2010 - The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) has pledged continuing support to the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), the Swiss-based body that is seeking to develop internationally approved standards in biofuel sustainability. The RSB has been hit by the recent resignations of two top biofuel trade organizations, the European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBIO) and the European Biodiesel Board. In an open letter to the RSB Secretariat, SAFUG members said the RSB effort was pivotal in enabling the development of global and regional aviation fuel markets, and important for the future of the aviation industry. Read more ...

Brazilian industry and airlines form alliance to develop sustainable aviation biofuels | Embraer,Brazil,TAM,Azul,jatropha,sugarcane
Brazilian industry and airlines form alliance to develop sustainable aviation biofuels
Thu 20 May 2010 - Following a recent meeting in Sao Paulo, ten organizations have agreed to form the Brazilian Alliance for Aviation Biofuels (ABRABA). They include four airlines - Azul Brazilian Airlines, GOL, TAM and TRIP - as well as aircraft manufacturer Embraer and the Brazilian Aerospace Industry Association (AIAB). Representing the biofuels industry are producers and developers of biomass sources such as jatropha, sugarcane and algae. The alliance follows an announcement by TAM that the airline will carry out Latin America's first commercial aircraft biofuel flight during the second half of 2010 using a 50/50 blend of jatropha and conventional jet fuel. Azul, meanwhile, has scheduled a sugarcane-derived jet biofuel demonstration flight in 2012. Read more ...

Brazilian airline TAM to conduct nationally-sourced jatropha jet biofuel demonstration flight | TAM,UOP,Airbus,RSB
Brazilian airline TAM to conduct nationally-sourced jatropha jet biofuel demonstration flight
Wed 5 May 2010 - TAM has announced it will carry out a demonstration flight during the second half of 2010 using a 50/50 blend of jatropha and conventional jet fuel onboard a CFM-powered Airbus A320 belonging to the airline. This will be Latin America's first commercial aircraft biofuel flight and the jatropha has already been sourced from family agricultural projects and large farms in various parts of Brazil. TAM says the cultivation and harvesting of the jatropha seeds have complied with the non-competing with potable water and food production principles of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), which it joined last November. Read more ...

First flight takes place of an aircraft solely powered by jet biofuel blend derived from plant biomass | USAF,camelina,Great Plains,Biomass Advisors,AltAir,Sustainable Oils
First flight takes place of an aircraft solely powered by jet biofuel blend derived from plant biomass
Thu 8 Apr 2010 - The US Air Force has carried out the first-ever feasibility flight powered solely by a blended hydrotreated renewable jet fuel. The twin-engined A-10C Thunderbolt used a 50/50 blend of conventional military JP-8 jet fuel and a biofuel derived from camelina. A recent report projects that one billion gallons of camelina biofuel could be available to the aviation and biodiesel sectors by 2025. Meanwhile, camelina producer and supplier Great Plains has entered an into agreement with Accelergy to blend camelina oil with coal to create a jet biofuel in a process it claims to be 20 percent lower in CO2 emissions. Read more ...

Jet biofuel blends on course for certification within 12 months as testing concludes and research report issued | ASTM
Jet biofuel blends on course for certification within 12 months as testing concludes and research report issued
Mon 22 Mar 2010 - Aircraft and engine manufacturers have reported that after successful air and ground fit-for-purpose testing, jet biofuels blended 50/50 with conventional jet kerosene are likely to be certified for commercial airline use before the end of 2010, or early next year at the latest. A key ASTM research report compiled by Boeing, UOP and the US Air Force was sent earlier this month to the FAA, Airbus and engine manufacturers for review and comment. The report marks a final stage in the ASTM D4054 certification process before reaching the ASTM ballot and review procedure and the final fuel specification. Approval of biofuel blends is seen as a major hurdle to overcome in the commercialization and scaling up of aviation biofuel production. Read more ...

US airlines and military form strategic alliance to leverage growth and commercialization of alternative aviation fuels | DESC,USAF
US airlines and military form strategic alliance to leverage growth and commercialization of alternative aviation fuels
Fri 19 Mar 2010 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) and the US Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) today signed an agreement to advance the development and deployment of commercially viable, environmentally friendly, alternative aviation fuels. The partners will aim to leverage their collective purchasing power to encourage suppliers to bring commercial aviation alternative fuels into the market place. Collaborative teams composed of ATA and DESC representatives will be formed to focus on three areas: Environment, Deployment and Logistics, and Contracting and Finance. Read more ...

Biofuels are essential to reducing EU ETS carbon costs and meeting carbon-neutral growth goals, says report | EQ2
Biofuels are essential to reducing EU ETS carbon costs and meeting carbon-neutral growth goals, says report
Tue 16 Feb 2010 - Although not commercially viable yet, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) offers a strong financial, as well as environmental, incentive for the adoption of jet biofuels, says a new report by EQ2. Based on industry assumptions of 15 percent and 30 percent consumption of biofuels in 2020 and 2030 respectively, they could contribute to potential savings for airlines involved in the EU ETS of $2.01 billion in 2020 and $5.84 billion in 2030 on the purchase of carbon credits. Based on the current EU ETS carbon price for 2012 of 15 euros and the 2009 average jet fuel price of $1.69 per gallon, every gallon of jet fuel burned would incur carbon costs of an additional $0.21, equivalent to a premium of 12.4 percent. Read more ...

British Airways partners with Solena to build Europe's first sustainable biojet fuel production facility | British Airways,Solena
British Airways partners with Solena to build Europe's first sustainable biojet fuel production facility
Mon 15 Feb 2010 - British Airways is set to become the first major European airline to use commercial-scale sustainable jet biofuel in its daily operations. In partnership with Washington, DC-based Solena Group, the airline anticipates using 16 million US gallons of biofuels produced annually from a new plant to be sited in east London. The $280 million self-contained plant, which is due to open in 2014, will convert 500,000 tonnes of waste per year when fully operational into enough jet fuel to meet BA's entire needs, and more, at London City Airport. Under the Letter of Intent, Solena will construct the plant and BA has agreed to take the entire output. BA CEO Willie Walsh said the partnership would help the airline realize its goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050.  Read more ...

Aerospace giant EADS enters into algae jet fuel research collaboration with Singapore's ICES | EADS,ICES,A*STAR,algae
Aerospace giant EADS enters into algae jet fuel research collaboration with Singapore's ICES
Thu 4 Feb 2010 - EADS, parent company of Airbus, has signed a 12-month collaboration agreement with Singapore's Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) to assess the potential for microalgae as a renewable source of fuel for aircraft and to investigate the conversion of algae oil for use as a jet fuel. As microalgae are much more efficient than plants at converting solar energy and carbon dioxide into fixed biomass, there is significant interest across multiple sectors in their long-term potential as an energy source. ICES and EADS say that the rapid growth of microalgae - doubling in biomass in as little as a few hours - means that nearly 90,000 litres of oil per hectare can be produced annually. Read more ...

Airbus and Boeing confirm they will work together on lobbying to ramp up progress on aviation biofuels
Airbus and Boeing confirm they will work together on lobbying to ramp up progress on aviation biofuels
Wed 27 Jan 2010 - Senior representatives from Airbus and Boeing have said they will cooperate on pushing forward the development and commercialization of new generation sustainable biofuels. Airbus Senior Vice President Public Affairs & Communication Rainer Ohler said the two rival aircraft manufacturers needed to work together on developing green strategies and there was no other option but to use aviation biofuels if the industry's climate change targets were to be met. Ohler was speaking at an event to commemorate the first visit of the Airbus A380 superjumbo to Geneva Airport. He said the aircraft was designed with the environment in mind and represented a new generation of eco-efficient airliners.  Read more ...

Abu Dhabi to host major research institution and demonstration project for sustainable aviation biofuels | Masdar,Etihad,SAFUG,UOP
Abu Dhabi to host major research institution and demonstration project for sustainable aviation biofuels
Mon 18 Jan 2010 - Boeing, The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Etihad Airways and Honeywell's UOP have agreed to establish a major research institution and demonstration project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, dedicated to sustainable energy solutions. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Project (SBRP) will use integrated saltwater agricultural systems to support the development and commercialization of biofuel sources for aviation and other co-products. As part of its initial work, the SBRP will undertake research projects that combine the arid, saline-rich environment of Abu Dhabi with innovative saltwater farming practices. Read more ...

Major study into the feasibility of a jet biofuel refinery at Stockholm-Arlanda provides encouragement | LFV,Stockholm-Arlanda Airport,Nykomb
Major study into the feasibility of a jet biofuel refinery at Stockholm-Arlanda provides encouragement
Mon 18 Jan 2010 - A major study to investigate the technical and financial feasibility of a biorefinery plant to supply Stockholm's Arlanda Airport with 50,000 tonnes of jet biofuel per year has been completed. The project was initiated and part-financed by LFV, which operates Sweden's airports and air navigation service, and has substantial carbon reduction targets to meet. LFV claims the biorefinery would make the airport truly carbon neutral. With the added production of other hydrocarbons and district heating, this could reduce total CO2 emissions at the airport by 150,000 tonnes per year with a 10 percent blend of jet biofuels. The biomass for the facility would come from forestry chips and other wood residues. The report says the prospects were "very promising, showing high efficiency and competitive production costs." Read more ...

Qatar Airways-led consortium plans development of economically viable sustainable jet biofuel production | Qatar Airways,Qatar Petroleum,Verno Systems,Qatar Science & Technology Park
Qatar Airways-led consortium plans development of economically viable sustainable jet biofuel production
Wed 13 Jan 2010 - Qatar Airways, Qatar Science and Technology Park and Qatar Petroleum have reached an agreement to establish the Qatar Advanced Biofuel Platform (QABP) with the aim of developing a detailed engineering and implementation plan for the production and supply of sustainable biomass-to-liquid (BTL) jet biofuel. With the support of Airbus, QABP will also come up with a biofuel investment strategy, an advanced technology development programme and conduct ongoing market and strategic analysis. The consortium will be structured so that further international partners can join and the initiative expanded globally to include additional projects, technologies and investment. Read more ...