Recent News

Rick Gustafson (UW) Presented “Production of Fuels and Chemicals from Poplar Feedstock – A Pacific Northwest Perspective” for CAAFI R&D Team SOAP-Jet Webinar Series

22 April 2016—ON April 8, 2016, Rick Gustafson (University of Washington) presented “Production of Fuels and Chemicals from Poplar Feedstock – A Pacific Northwest Perspective” as part of the third CAAFI R&D Team SOAP-Jet webinar series focusing on regional perspectives of alternative jet fuel development and deployment. The series concentrates on current activities, approaches to supply chain integration, and regional challenges.

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB – is a USDA funded $40 million 5-year program whose mission is to lay the foundation for a renewable fuels and chemicals industry in the Pacific Northwest using sustainably grown poplar feedstock. AHB has projects ranging from development of energy tree farms to education programs for training future biorefinery operators. AHB has looked closely at producing renewable aviation fuels from poplar feedstock. In this webinar AHB introduced poplar as a bioenergy feedstock and discussed its conversion to aviation fuels and chemicals.

The entire slide deck from the presentation can be seen and downloaded here.

DOE Releases Notice of Intent to Fund Pilot and Demonstration Scale Biofuel Production Plants

19 April 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a Notice of Intent (NOI), to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Project Definition for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.”

The FOA, once released, will fund selected project proposals for the design of pilot- or demonstration-scale biorefinery facilities that produce cellulosic biomass, algal biomass, or biosolids feedstocks. The construction of pilot- and demonstration-scale biorefineries such as this are essential in validating process technologies that enable future commercial scale biorefinery construction and operation. Selected projects will be funded with cooperative agreements that allow an estimated design period of performance of one to two years. After this time frame, eligible projects will be reviewed for Phase II construction and operations project funding.

DOE expects to release the FOA on or around May 2, 2016. For more information, refer to the full NOI released by EERE.

ASTM Approves New Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene for ASTM D7566 Specification

18 April 2016 – Gevo, Inc. announced that ASTM International approved a new sustainable alternative jet fuel pathway – Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) – under ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons) on April 1, 2016. The ATJ-SPK fuel is initially limited to use of isobutanol as a feedstock, although the specification outlines a pathway for inclusion of any C2-C5 alcohol feedstocks as additional data is generated by such producers. The alcohol feedstocks are subsequently processed through dehydration, oligomerization, hydrogenation, and fractionation to achieve the properties of an acceptable jet fuel blend stock. ATJ-SPK is now the 5th approved synthetic blending component approved by the industry.

As with the previous four approved ASTM D7566 fuel pathways, ATJ-SPK must be blended with petroleum-based jet fuel before it may be reclassified as a drop-in D1655 jet fuel. The fuel is limited to a 30% maximum blend level.

CAAFI wishes to congratulate Gevo on achieving this milestone, and we look forward to additional Gevo engagement with the aviation enterprise, leading to impactful commercialization opportunities. Find the revised ASTM D7566 specification and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announcement here and here, respectively.

CAAFI also looks forward to recurring approvals of additional D7566 pathways over the next several years, eventually enabling a very broad group of technologies and feedstocks to be used for the production of sustainable alternative jet fuel world-wide, and in meaningful quantities to help the aviation industry meets its carbon neutral growth goals.

Upcoming DOE Field-To-Fleet Webinar: “How Does Feedstock Type Affect Biofuels Conversion?”

13 April 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting a webinar on April 20, 2016, from 1pm to 2pm Eastern Time on its Farm-to-Fleet program. The Farm-to-Fleet program is part of the overarching DOE Thermochemical Feedstock Interface project – a joint endeavor by the Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to examine how different feedstocks affect the thermochemical biofuels-conversion process.

The webinar will host speakers from each national lab listed above as well as the BETO Conversion Technology Manager, Prasad Gupte.

You may register for the Farm-to-Fleet program here.

Collaborative Industry Team Announces Launch of Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative

11 April 2016 – Last week, members of a team of 14 commercial aviation partners announced the launch of the Canada Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI). CBSCI is intended to be a three year collaborative effort culminating in the supply of 400,000 liters of sustainable jet fuel into the shared fuel supply of a major Canadian airport. The project will be led by the Waterfall Group, with strong support from Air Canada, SkyNRG, BioFuelNet Canada, Boeing, CAAFI®, and several others, including the U.S. FAA’s Centre of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels & Environment (ASCENT).

In addition to demonstrating the feasibility of incorporating sustainable alternative jet fuels in the jet fuel supply system, CBSCI aims to catalyze the development of the domestic biojet sector in Canada.

Teresa Ehman, Director of Environmental Affairs at Air Canada, expressed that "[Air Canada is] pleased to support this important initiative by facilitating the logistics involved in the introduction of biojet to an airport's shared fuel system.”

As a participating member of CBSCI, CAAFI will provide updates via news items on this page as the project progresses. Read more about CBSCI and Air Canada’s significant involvement here and here.