Recent News

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.

Biofuels Digest Acknowledges Significant Progress in Alternative Jet Fuel Arena in Recent Article


26 March 2015 – Biofuels Digest recently highlighted the progress being made in the alternative jet fuel industry. The article focused on the activities of the military and aviation community as they move toward important deployment activities and other representative actions that demonstrate the momentum behind the alternative jet fuel efforts. The article makes the point that although some members of the industry are making deployment plans, R&D activities continue, such as commercial joint research centers on feedstock production, economic viability, and processing technologies and collaborative research efforts by the U.S. Navy. Read the full BioFuels Digest article here.

Chinese Aviation Community Celebrates First Biofuel Passenger Flight


24 March 2015 – Boeing, Hainan Airlines, and Sinopec’s collaborative effort resulted in China’s first passenger flight powered by a biofuel/jet fuel blend. The flight carried 100 passengers from Shanghai to Beijing with fuel composed of 50% biofuel processed from cooking oil collected in restaurants and 50% conventional jet fuel. Read the full article here.

CAAFI Members and Collaborators Named Top 125 People in Advanced Bioeconomy 2015


11 March 2015 – The Biofuels Digest released their list of the Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2015 as nominated by the readers and the editorial board of the Biofuels Digest. Congratulations to the members of our own CAAFI team and collaborators for making the list!

Rich Altman, Executive Director Emeritus, CAAFI
Harry Baumes, Director of Energy Policy, USDA
Nathan Brown, Director, FAA
Todd Campbell, USDA
Chris Cassidy, USDA
Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI
Zia Haq, DOE Biomass Program
John Heimlich, Chief Economist, Airlines for America
Chris Tindal, Director, Operational Energy, US Navy
Wally Tyner, Professor Purdue
Nancy Young, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Airlines for America

See the full list here.

Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative receiving $8.7 Million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Energy Department


9 March 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) announced that $8.7 million will be available through the Interagency Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) in fiscal year 2015. This funding will further research in projects developing economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass and biobased products. The funding will assist in meeting the nation’s goal of supporting progress in creating bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. Concept papers are due by March 27, 2015, and full applications are due by July 27, 2015.

Proposals must integrate science and engineering in one of three areas: feedstock development, biofuels/biobased products development, or biofuels development analysis.

More information on funding application requirements can be reached here under Reference Number USDA-NIFA-9008-004957.

Aviation Biofuels Summit session, March 13th at the upcoming ABLC2015 Conference in D.C.


11 Feb 2015--CAAFI is collaborating with Biofuels Digest on a dedicated aviation-related session at the upcoming Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC2015) in Washington, D.C., March 11-13. The aviation-focused morning—The 6th ANNUAL AVIATION & MILITARY BIOFUELS SUMMIT—will take place on March 13. Two sessions will cover key aviation biofuel initiative progress, and provide information about recent commercialization efforts. To learn more about the agenda and registration, visit the ABLC2015 website.