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Planning Committee Approves First Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant in U.K.

June 17, 2020 — Altalto Immingham, which will be the UK’s first commercial waste-to-jet-fuel plant, has been granted planning permission from North-East Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee. The project to build the plant will be a partnership between Velocys, British Airways, and Shell. The plant will convert hundreds of thousands of tonnes per year of non-recyclable household and commercial waste into sustainable aviation fuel. The technology for the fuel will be provided by Velocys, and the expected greenhouse savings will be around 70% for each tonne of conventional jet fuel it replaces.

Neste Purchases Count Terminal Rotterdam

June 17, 2020 — On May 7th, Neste completed the acquisition of Count Terminal Rotterdam . Neste, a producer of alternative fuels from wastes and residues, sees this purchase as a logical next step in their growth. While the two entities have had a strong partnership in the past, this acquisition is intended to further the co-operation and development in the future. The Count Terminal Rotterdam is the first terminal asset that Neste has purchased, and is used to store, refine, and blend renewable waste and residue-based materials in the Rotterdam area. Neste anticipates that transaction will make Neste more competitive in the renewable waste and residue raw materials market.

Air Force Research Laboratory $1M Synthetic Biology Challenge

June 17, 2020 — The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Wright Brothers Institute are partnering together to sponsor the second of three $1 million Air Force Challenges. AFRL has been researching the viability of improving performance in composite materials using synthetic biology, and this challenge is intended to identify the best approaches for biosynthesizing a high-energy endothermic fuel. The partnership seeks to engage highly-skilled researchers to enable serious advancements in the field of bio-based fuels. The following are the important dates to note regarding the Challenge:
Official post on DIN network- May 20th, 2020
Kickoff Q&A with sponsors- May 27th, 2020
Window for White paper submissions- May 20th – July 20th 2020
White Paper Selection- August 7th, 2020
Phase 2 of Challenge 2 Team Formation- August 7th – 24th 2020
Pitch Day- August 25th, 2020
Award and build of test materials- August 31st, 2020 – August 31st, 2021

More information about this Challenge can be found here and further questions can be directed to

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