Recent News

CAAFI R&D Team Kicks-Off Third SOAP-Jet Webinar Series Focusing on Regional Perspectives and Challenges

3 November 2015-On October 9th, Mike Wolcott (WSU/NARA/ASCENT) presented “NARA: Envisioning Alternative Aviation Fuel Supply Chains for the Northwest” to kickoff the third webinar series of Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet focused on regional perspectives on alternative jet fuel development and deployment, concentrating on current activities, approaches to supply chain integration, and regional challenges. Over 40 CAAFI members attended.

The presentation can be downloaded here.

The team is now working on the definition of the next presentations in this series.

CAAFI/ABRETF to increase partnership under FAA & Indonesian DGCA Agreement for Development and Use of Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels

27 October 2015 – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) signed an agreement on October 23, 2015 to promote collaboration in the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines research and development goals in alternative aviation fuels, energy conservation, environmental protection and sustainable aviation growth, critical information and personnel exchange, strengthened capacity-building, and the sharing of best practices.

The agreement provides new opportunities for partnership between CAAFI and the Indonesia Aviation Biofuels and Renewable Energy Task Force (ABRETF).
Further details can be found in the FAA news release here.

VT Partnership Creates Renewable Jet Fuel Opportunity from Farm Waste

24 Sept 2015 – Green Mountain Power and Nordic Farm have recently formed a pilot program through GSR Solutions to use farm waste for production of middle distillate fuels including jet fuel, home heating, and diesel. In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, CAAFI has been working to foster this project, and others like it, as part of its Farm-to-Fly 2.0 efforts.

The 300 cows at Nordic Farm produce a waste stream that is sufficient to enable production of 20-30,000 gallons per year of renewable fuels. The conversion of these waste streams to fuels can assist farmers with waste management logistics, and protect waterways by reducing nutrient-rich runoff into lakes and streams.

President and Chief Executive Office of Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell says, “It adds another dimension to our work to transform how energy is delivered to our customers by partnering with others on creative solutions that meet our energy needs and help the environment” and Owner and Nordic Farm and President of Vermont Farm Bureau Clark Hinsdale says, “this could be a tremendous step forward for water quality here in Vermont and a transformational national model for farmers.”

Media coverage from several local organizations are found below:

WCAX Affiliate
Burlington Free Press
My Champlain Valley
Conservation Law Foundation

U.S. DOE Announces $10M for Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding

3 Sept 2015 – On August 26th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $10M in funding to advance production of biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass (e.g. algae, agricultural residues, wood biomass).

Funding will focus on support to projects that facilitate the goals of the Algae Program and the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in two topic areas both ranging from $1-2M:

1. Topic Area 1 on the development of novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of the Algae Program, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Algae Project Portfolio; 2-4 selections are anticipated.

2. Topic Area 2 on the development of novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of BETO, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Terrestrial Feedstocks Supply and Logistics Program or the Conversion Technologies Program; 3-6 selections are anticipated.

The work will support DOE’s goals of making drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable with a cost target of $3 per gallon of gasoline by 2022 as well as reducing petroleum consumption in the U.S. by 30% from 2005 through 2020.

Concept papers are due on 9/21/2015 and the full application deadline is 11/13/2015.

Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) here and the full DOE news release here.

U.S. DOE Awards Up to $4M for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Development

3 Sept 2015 – On August 27th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Texas A&M University $2.5M and Ohio University $1.5M to develop biofuels to mitigate costs of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel production from biomass.

Texas A&M University research will encompass the development of a single-unit process to convert lignin for increased use in the production of bioplastics. Ohio University’s work will develop a continuous flow electrochemical reactor that upgrades biorefinery waste lignin to bio-based phenol substitutes with cogeneration of hydrogen.

The full news release is available on the DOE website here.