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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.

CAAFI’s SOAP-Jet Series Continues with Florida and Arizona CAP Grant Awardees

16 October 2017 – On October 13, 2017, CAAFI’s R&D Team continued their SOAP-Jet webinars with presentations introducing two sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF)-related projects from the newly announced U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Coordinated Agriculture Projects (CAP) grants.

Representatives from the two SAJF-related projects provided overviews of their plans to develop regional SAJF supply chains: Dr. Kimberly Ogden (University of Arizona) introduced the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) project focused on the development and use of guayule and guar in the Southwest, and Dr. David Wright (University of Florida) introduced the Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) focused on the development of carinata oilseeds. Each project is anticipated to receive up to $15 million over the duration of their five-year projects.

Both projects have CAAFI engagement and the potential to enable significant regional SAJF supply chain development. The webinar was well attended with approximately 70 participants.

To view the slide decks from the presentations, click here.
SOAP-Jet webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel community to discuss progress and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders and enable commercialization of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). For previous SOAP-Jet webinar presentations, See CAAFI’s Presentations page.

Geneva International Airport to Introduce SAJF in Partnership with Neste

10 October 2017 – Neste has announced a new partnership with Geneva International Airport to introduce sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) for all aircraft operations. The airport has set a sustainability target for at least one percent of annual jet fuel consumption to be renewable-based beginning in late 2018, adding itself to the growing list of “biofuels enabled” airports that can distribute SAJF to any airline at the airport. Sweden’s Halmstad and Karlstad Airports, Norway’s Oslo and Bergen International Airports, and Los Angeles International Airport are now incorporating SAJF deliveries into their overall fuel pools. Other airports, such as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, are developing plans for SAJF introduction and long-term distribution scale-up.

Geneva is the first airport to implement the Airport Approach model developed by Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon War Room (CWR) and SkyNRG, whom approached the airport in 2015 to guide its transition to renewable fuels. Neste will supply airlines operating from Geneva with Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel.

Read the Neste press release here.

Gevo to Supply ATJ to Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport Starting October 2017

4 October 2017 – Gevo announced it will supply its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) from its plant in Texas using isobutanol produced at its Minnesota plant to Virgin Australia for flights departing Brisbane Airport. It is anticipated that Gevo will start providing the AJF to Australia as soon as October 2017. This new contract is in line with Gevo’s goal of producing larger production volumes of ATJ and a first step for Australia’s government as they look to develop SAJF facilities in the country that utilize carbohydrate-based feedstocks.

Read the Gevo press release here.

Feedstock Harvest Marks Critical Milestone in UAE's SAJF Development

3 October 2017 – The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium announced its Seawater Energy and Agriculture System project had a successful first harvest of Salicornia, a SAJF feedstock. The feedstock is being cultivated in the UAE using saltwater and desert land alongside seafood to contribute to the country’s food and fuel security. Once extracted, the oil from the Salicornia harvest will be converted into SAJF, blended with traditional jet fuel to fuel a Etihad Airways flight on a Boeing Aircraft. Read the Biofuels Digest article here and the Masdar news story here.

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