Recent News

Southwest Airlines Announces Purchase Agreement with Red Rock Biofuels

24 September 2014—Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, a CAAFI member, has announced today an agreement with Red Rock Biofuels to annually purchase three million gallons of alternative jet fuel made from woody biomass. It is expected that the low-carbon renewable fuel will be incorporated as a blend with conventional jet fuel in Southwest’s airplanes originating from San Francisco airports starting in 2016. This announcement demonstrates the continued engagement of the airlines in facilitating the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuel. It is also another clear example of the work being undertaken by the aviation enterprise, behind the scenes, to develop supply-chains and stimulate cost-effective fuel production, from a broad range of renewable resources, and from a variety of producers and regions. Read more here.

DPA Title III Phase 2 Awards Announced: $210 M for 100 M annual gallons of Military Spec Biofuels

22 September 2014 –The United States Navy, DOE and USDA announced today their award of $210 million targeting the annual production of 100 million gallons of drop-in biofuels. The funding was made possible under the Defense Production Act (DPA) and given to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Bio. This award signifies the continuation of the DPA’s Biofuels Production Project that was first announced in 2012. The companies will use the funds to build three biorefineries with the capacity to annually produce 100 million gallons of military-spec jet fuel and marine diesel—much more than the DPA’s initial funding announcement indicating the goal of building a 10 million gallon biorefinery. The 100 million gallons of biofuel is expected to reduce emissions by 50 percent, cost the U.S. military $3.50 or less per gallon--competitive with petroleum-based fuels -- and be available as soon as 2016. Read more about the DoD’s latest commitment to drop-in biofuels here.

CAAFI Pointed to as Model Initiative to Facilitate UK's Long-Term Goals for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

9 September 2014—The industry group Sustainable Aviation has published Sustainable Aviation Fuels – Fuelling the Future, a discussion paper, stating they are now confident that sustainable, carbon neutral fuels have the potential to cut UK aviation carbon emissions more than previously thought. According to Sustainable Aviation, airlines have taken significant steps to utilize alternative fuels to help cut emissions, but industry stakeholders believe the investment needed to achieve significant alternative fuel usage will only come to fruition if the government moves to reduce investor risk by actively supporting technology development. The report notes that right now, the available alternative aviation fuels cost more than fossil fuels. As a result, the group is calling on the government to communicate long-term goals for sustainable aviation fuels, and establish programs to assist the sector with achieving their goals. The group suggests a public-private sector task force modelled on CAAFI to develop such a plan.
Read the full paper here.

CAAFI Welcomes DOE to Farm to Fly 2.0

15 August 2014--At the recent BIOMASS 2014 conference, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson of the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that DOE will join Farm to Fly 2.0, the second phase of an ongoing effort initiated by CAAFI and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote the deployment and use of homegrown drop-in alternative aviation fuels. DOE has a longstanding interest in the development of biofuels and other alternative fuels, and their participation in Farm to Fly 2.0 further solidifies that interest and support. Their commitment to Farm to Fly 2.0 greatly strengthens the alternative aviation fuel initiative. Read more about the recent announcement on the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy blog.

GOL First to Fly Commercially on Amyris-Total Jet Fuel

8 August 2014--Last week on July 30, 2014, Brazilian airline, GOL, made the first commercial flight with the newly ASTM-certified, Amyris-Total alternative aviation fuel. GOL’s Boeing 737 flew from Orlando, Florida to Sao Paulo, Brazil with a blend of Amyris-Total’s farnesane, which can improve local air quality near airports and cities by reducing particulate matter emissions. Additionally, farnesane can achieve an 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction relative to petroleum fuels. At this time, farnesane can be blended up to 10% with conventional jet fuel. For more information about the flight, see the press release and video on Amyris’ website.

“Take a Closer Look”

1 July 2014--An American science journal, Environmental Science and Technology, recently published a Perspective article by a biofuels working group entitled, “Take a Closer Look: Biofuels Can Support Environmental, Economic and Social Goals.” The working group, which included CAAFI Executive Director, Steve Csonka, was pulled together by University of Minnesota and Michigan State University researchers to outline potential next steps for working biofuel challenges within industry and academia. The article primarily focuses on ground transport, but as a result of Steve’s engagement, includes supplemental material that provides an overview of the breadth of aviation’s substantial efforts with the development of alternative fuels, as well as discussing why the industry’s effort should be viewed in a unique light, and supported. Read the article and the supplement.

ASTM Approves Synthesized Iso-Paraffins (SIP) as a blending component for Drop-In Alternative Jet Fuel

19 June 2014--Today, ASTM International announced the addition of a third fuel annex to ASTM D-7566 “Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons.“ This revision will permit use of Synthesized Iso-Paraffins (SIP) produced from hydroprocessed fermented sugars as a jet fuel blending stock (see ASTM press release) at 10% maximum blend levels. The approval is another milestone for the aviation community and expands the options for procuring and using alternative jet fuels. Prior to the SIP approval, annexes had been approved for Hydroproccessed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA-SPK) and Fischer-Tropsch (FTH-SPK) synthetic fuel blends. Amyris and TOTAL are especially pleased about the new revision, which will enable the companies to ramp up production of their new drop-in aviation fuel (see Amyris and TOTAL press release).