Recent News

CAAFI’s R&D Team Kicks off the Fourth SOAP-Jet Webinar Series Focusing on Deployment and State Initiative Activities

23 September 2016 – Rich Altman, CAAFI’s Executive Director Emeritus, and Ben Devries, Treasure Coast Education and Research Park CEO, gave the kickoff presentations for the fourth series of Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinars hosted by CAAFI’s R&D Team. This fourth series of webinars will focus on CAAFI’s deployment and state initiative activities. The webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel R&D community to discuss technology and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders.

The webinar was well attended by more than 60 participants.

A primary role of the CAAFI/USDA led "Farm to Fly 2.0" resolution (F2F2) is to engage and encourage local and regional supply chain development, from growers / feedstock source and engaging processors to end customers and key stakeholders (e.g. Environmental NGO's and local government and private interests). In the first of three planned webinars, Rich Altman provided an overview of East Coast initiatives from Vermont to Florida. In the first of five case studies, Ben Devries explained the rationale, development and progress of efforts to replace citrus farming (lost to citrus greening disease) with an energy-crop supply-chain featuring major airline and DOD customers and multiple fuel processors.

To view the slide deck from Rich Altman’s presentation click here. To view Ben Devries’ Prezi click here.

Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech Partnership Produces Renewable Jet Fuel from Industrial Waste Gas

22 September 2016 – On September 14, 2016, Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech announced that their partnership has officially led to the production of 1,500 gallons ethanol-to-jet renewable jet fuel. This notice comes after the August 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Energy announcement that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LanzaTech successfully produced over five gallons of renewable jet fuel from industrial waste gas. Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech will now work with Boeing to test the ethanol-to-jet fuel in commercial aircraft engines before approved for commercial use in 2017. Additionally, as this is an ethanol-to-jet fuel, it will require approval of a different annex under ASTM D7566. For more information, refer to the Virgin Atlantic release.

JetBlue Announces 10-Year, 33 M Gallon Offtake Agreement with SG Preston

20 September 2016 - JetBlue announced a significant offtake agreement with SG Preston for 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year for a period of 10 years. The fuel will be 30 percent renewable jet with 70 percent traditional jet fuel for delivery to JFK. The fuel is targeted for production in Southpoint, OH, from the first of several HEFA facilities SG Preston intends to develop across the region using conversion technology from Honeywell/UOP. The targeted feedstock is purpose-grown crop oils, primarily of the Brassicaceae family—initiating with rapeseed/canola, then targeting carinata primarily (as production acreage develops), followed by continued evaluations of camelina, pennycress, and various mustards. Feedstocks will be sourced from across the US and Canada.

CAAFI has been involved with these parties, their individual development plans, and their work with one another for about a year. It is nice to see this effort culminate in another substantial offtake agreement and SG Preston firmly on their way to commercialization.

Read JetBlue’s press release here.

KLM, AltAir, and SkyNRG Sign Three Year Offtake Agreement for Alternative Jet Fuel Supply

8 September 2016 – AltAir, SkyNRG, and KLM have signed a three year offtake agreement for the supply, distribution, and use of alternative jet fuel. The fuel will be used in all KLM flights out of Los Angeles, demonstrating the industry’s ongoing commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in aviation. The fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be produced by AltAir and distributed by SkyNRG to KLM flights through LAX’s hydrant system. This offtake agreement is made possible through the partners involved in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme and the surcharge they contribute to make alternative jet fuel the same price as conventional jet fuel.

Further information on the KLM, AltAir, and SkyNRG agreement can be found here.

Gevo, Inc. Signs Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa For Future Alternative Jet Fuel Supply

7 September 2016 – Gevo, Inc. recently entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply up to 8 million gallons per year or up to 40 million gallons of alcohol-to-jet alternative jet fuel over the course of a 5-year offtake agreement. The fuel would be supplied by Gevo’s commercial hydrocarbon facility, which will be built in Luverne, Minnesota. The non-binding heads of agreement is expected to lead to the signing of an official offtake agreement between the two companies in the next few months. This will be the first commercial offtake agreement for ATJ fuels.

For more information, see the Gevo, Inc. press release.