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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 bob.lee@wbi-innovates.com

Renewable Diesel Fuel Production Intent Continues To Expand

June 1, 2020 — Over the last few weeks, several announcements were made concerning the increased domestic production of renewable diesel fuel, adding to the already significant number of announced plans. The CAAFI community looks forward to engaging with these entities from the following perspectives that are likely to assist in the development of more SAF capacity:

• Will result in developing more sophisticated and comprehensive supply chains for all available waste fats, oils and greases.

• Will result in continued focus on purpose-grown, sustainable oil crops (e.g. carinata, pennycress, pongamia).

• Renewable diesel continues to be evaluated for use as a blending agent to lower the lifecycle carbon production of conventional jet.

• Any facility producing renewable diesel also has the potential to alternately produce SAF (as the lipid conversion technology is the same for both jet or diesel), either directly or via subsequent processing.

The project announcements include:

1) The City of Newton, Illinois along with Jasper County and St. Joseph Renewable Fuels, LLC announced plans to build a $400 million renewable diesel plant in southern Illinois. The facility will convert waste fats, oils, and greases from 100 miles around the Newton area into 90 million gallons of fuel components, and seven million gallons of technical grade glycerin, annually.

2) Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (GCEH) recently purchased the Bakersfield, CA refinery from Alon. GCEH will immediately begin converting the refinery to produce renewable fuels from biological feedstocks such as vegetable oils and GCEH’s proprietary fallow land crop varieties of camelina. The renewable fuels will meet the California Low Carbon Fuels Standard.

3) CVR Energy announced they are exploring ways to convert units in its existing petroleum refineries to enable renewable diesel production. The company sees the investment in renewable diesel production as a way to reduce the costs to purchase Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in the future.

Two New Alternative Jet Fuel Production Pathways Approved

May 19, 2020 - CAAFI is happy to announce the latest industry alternative jet fuel (AJF) Production Pathway approvals, and ASTM publication of:

1) A new ASTM D7566 alternative jet fuel production pathway: ASTM D7566 Annex A7 – Hydroprocessed Hydrocarbons (HH-SPK, or HC-HEFA).
This addition describes the hydroprocessing of bio-derived hydrocarbons (as opposed to simply fatty acids or fatty acid esters entailed in HEFA production), for instance those obtained directly from oils (triterpenes) produced by the Botryococcus braunii algae. This task force and research activity was led by IHI Corporation using both the FAA Clearinghouse concept as well as the industry’s D4054 Fast Track provision. The Clearinghouse is intended to streamline the management of the testing and data review of SAF candidates. The University of Dayton Research Institute (URDI) is the project leader for Clearinghouse activity, and is initially funded under ASCENT to support Phase 1 testing and research review. IHI’s timely completion of approval indicates both concepts are impactful, and enable the qualification process for select new pathways to be completed at reduced cost and timeframe. In line with Fast Track provisions, the HH-SPK will initially have a 10% max blending level.

2) The addition of a new type of renewable content for refinery coprocessing of fuels from non-conventional sources: ASTM D1655 Annex A1 addition of Fischer Tropsch biocrude.

The second change is the inclusion of Fischer-Tropsch (FT) biocrude as an allowable feedstock for petroleum co-processing. It’s task force and research activity was led by Fulcrum. As with the earlier approval of lipid co-processing, this co-processing will be limited to a 5% by volume limitation on both feedstock volume and synthesized final product content.

Steve Csonka, CAAFI Executive Director adds that “The industry remains active in improving the fuel qualification process, in participating in new pathway evaluations, and in engaging prospective technology developers and commercialization entities with interest in SAF. All of these activities are important to the long term goals of the industry including introducing additional conversion processes that will enable SAF production from any viable feedstock, worldwide, and continue to offer cost reductions in both plant and equipment as well as operating cost

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