Gevo supplies SAJF (ATJ-SPK) to 8 airlines at ORD, demonstrating use of standard infrastructure for fuel delivery

8 November 2017 – Today, is “Fly Green Day” at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). What does that mean? Eight commercial airlines (Lufthansa, United, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Atlas) will fly out of ORD today using Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol. Gevo structured this activity to validate the capability to deliver SAJF to the aircraft’s wing using the airport’s main fuel system infrastructure (terminals, pipelines, storage tanks and hydrant system), enabling minimized delivery costs and effort. Up to this point, most SAJF demonstrations have had fuel delivered by truck to the aircraft or airport fuel farm. Gevo also recently announced they will be executing similar activities at Brisbane airport in Queensland, Australia in conjunction with Virgin Australia.

The isobutanol-based ATJ-SPK process has been included in the ASTM D7566 specification for synthetic turbine fuels (Annex A5) since 2016.

Read Gevo’s press release here and BiofuelsDiget’s coverage here.

Fulcrum Bioenergy Closes Financing on 1st Project, Announces Location of the 2nd

8 November 2017 – Fulcrum Bioenergy closed financing on October 27th for their first commercial-scale MSW-to-fuels biorefinery. The Sierra Biofuels Plant near Reno, Nevada is expected to go online in the second half of 2018 with a capacity to produce 11 million gallons of fuel a year. On the heels of that long-awaited news, Fulcrum announced Chicago as the location of their second commercial-scale biorefinery. This is in line with Fulcrum’s announced plans to have eight facilities online by 2022. Facilities two through eight are expected to have a capacity three to six times greater than the first with an estimated total production of 300 million gallons per year. Fulcrum also announced that they expect the third project to be established on the West Coast, but were not more specific.

Read the BiofuelsDigest article about the recent activity here.

Dispelling Aviation Biofuels Sustainability Misconceptions

8 November 2017 –

{Biofuels shouldn’t be a priority. Biofuels take food off the table. Biofuels result in industrial-scale monocultures and degraded landscapes. Biofuels aren’t sustainable. There have been a number of high profile failures that prove biofuels cannot succeed in the marketplace.}

Two recent articles, one co-authored by CAAFI’s Executive Director Steve Csonka, have attempted to address these all too common and prevalent misconceptions around the commercialization of SAJF. The articles highlight the strong political will at local and international levels, with actions in California to include jet fuels under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and 72 States agreeing to voluntarily participate in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. They also point to the growing demand as illustrated by an increasing number of offtake agreements and the fact that the technology has been proven. There are already five alternative feedstock conversion technologies that produce jet fuel certified for use in commercial aircraft with more on the way. And the mechanisms to validate the sustainability of SAJF and its production are already in place. CAAFI continues to work closely with stakeholder organizations that have the same end goals in mind: commercialize sustainable alternative drop-in jet fuel that provides the same levels of safety while offering environmental benefits and a more secure energy supply for aviation over traditional petroleum-based fuel.

To read the articles click the titles below:
Why the time is right for aviation biofuels to take off by Adam Klauber and Isaac Toussie (Carbon War Room – Rocky Mountain Institute)
Opinion: Biofuels Sustainable, Essential to Aviation’s Future by Adam Klauber, Isaac Toussie, Steve Csonka and Barbara Bramble

Enerkem Facility Becomes First Commercial-scale Plant to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol from Mixed MSW (Update)

19 September 2017 – Enerkem has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016 from its facility in Edmonton, Canada and now, with the installation of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit earlier this year, has become the first facility in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) on a commercial-scale. Enerkem is planning on increasing production at the Edmonton facility while preparing to build their next facility in parallel. While ethanol is not usable in jet aircraft, CAAFI is woekring with task forces to pursue an ethanol to alternative jet fuel certification in ASTM.

Read Enerkem’s news release here.

Enerkem's municipal waste-to-cellulosic ethanol biofuels facility in Edmonton receives registration approval to sell in the U.S.
Read the press release here.

Qantas and SG Preston Announce 8 Million Gallon per Year Offtake Agreement

16 October 2017 – Qantas and SG Preston announced that SG Preston will begin supplying Qantas with eight million gallons of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) per year over ten years, starting in 2020. The fuel will be used for Qantas flights to Australia departing from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) as a 50/50 blend of non-edible plant oil-based SAJF and petroleum-based jet fuel. Qantas states that their agreement is the first for an Australian airline.

For more information, see the Quantas and SG Preston press releases.

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