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Farmers Joining Research Studies for Alternative Jet Fuel

24 April 2015 – Farmers in North Dakota looking for a new oil seed to add to their rotation have planted Brassica carinata, a potential feedstock for the ASTM-approved HEFA process to make alternative jet fuel. Agrisoma Biosciences, a Canadian seed producer, collaborated with North Dakota farmers to plant 4,000 acres of B. carinata. Within three days, they had exceeded this goal and formed a new goal of to plant 6,000 acres of the oil crop.
Christine Bliss of the University of Florida introduced B. carinata to farmers as similar to other oil crops, but with the advantage of producing more and better quality oil with high amino acid content. Outputs from North Dakota will contribute toward Agrisoma Biosciences’ goal for a yield of 50,000 acres.
Read about this and other alternative feedstock efforts here.

Biofuel Progress Highlighted at ABLC 2015

21 April 2015 – Biofuels Digest highlights a CAAFI slide as one of the 11 hottest from the 2015 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) in Washington, DC in a recent article. The conference included presentations on biofuel technology progress from numerous groups in the aviation industry. CAAFI was distinguished for using a “development of all feedstock” approach depicted in the selected slide. See the slide and read the full article here.

Investment in Red Rock Moves Aviation Biofuels Closer to Cost Parity

17 April 2015 – Construction on the first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, Oregon has been boosted through a strategic partnership between Flagship Ventures and Red Rock Biofuels. Construction on the $182 million project is set to begin in summer 2015. Last year, Red Rock received $70 million to fund the project from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy under the Defense Production Act with the goal of building production capacity of cost-competitive, renewable jet fuel capacity to 100 million gallons. Southwest Airlines has already agreed to purchase 3 million gallons/year of Red Rock’s jet fuel that is developed from waste biomass from forests and sawmills. The goal is to have the refinery complete and running at the end of 2015.
Read the full article here.

Navy’s Rocky Mountain/ West Coast / Offshore Solicitation with Alternative Fuel Blends is Posted

The Navy’s Rocky Mountain/ West Coast / Offshore (RMW) Solicitation is now posted on the FedBizOpps website. This solicitation from the Defense Logistics Agency-Energy (DLA-Energy) is for fuel deliveries from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. Vendors can submit bids with a minimum of 10% alternative fuel up to the maximum allowed in the fuel specifications. The two approved pathways are FT and HEFA. The response date is May 8, 2015 3:00 pm Eastern. Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds will be available to defray additional costs of producing biofuel. Details regarding CCC funds availability are explained in the solicitation in the biofuel production incentive clause. To be eligible for CCC funding, the fuel must contain at least 10% biofuel to a maximum as permitted by the JP-5 and F-76 specifications and be produced using domestic feedstocks approved by the USDA for CCC eligibility.

The Secretary of the Navy has set a goal that by 2020 half of all the Department of the Navy's energy will come from alternative sources. To support that goal, in June 2011, the Department of the Navy (DON), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to "assist the development and support of a sustainable commercial biofuels industry." Under the MOU, the USDA agreed to provide funding through the CCC. As part of the regular bulk procurement for the RMW Program, this solicitation is designed to assist the DON in meeting its goals to increase the use of biofuels.

To view the solicitation click here.

2015 CAAFI R&D Team Meeting a Success

26 March 2015—On March 9 and 10, CAAFI® held its Research and Development (R&D) Team meeting in Alexandria, VA. The workshop’s primary activity focused on identifying critical R&D challenges facing the alternative jet fuel community. The team identified nearly 40 industry-wide key R&D challenges. The first day also included a progress review of recent activities of the R&D Team, CAAFI in general, and public-private-partnership efforts (e.g. the Farm –to-Fly 2.0 program) as well as a discussion of available R&D funding sources. Day 2 consisted of an overlapping alternative jet fuel research overview session with the Advisory Group of the FAA-funded Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT) Center of Excellence, focusing on the National Jet Fuel Combustion Program and the ASCENT Supply Chain Development project.
The CAAFI R&D team received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants on the collaborative format. For a fact sheet summarizing the meeting click here.