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KLM, AltAir, and SkyNRG Sign Three Year Offtake Agreement for Alternative Jet Fuel Supply

8 September 2016 – AltAir, SkyNRG, and KLM have signed a three year offtake agreement for the supply, distribution, and use of alternative jet fuel. The fuel will be used in all KLM flights out of Los Angeles, demonstrating the industry’s ongoing commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in aviation. The fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be produced by AltAir and distributed by SkyNRG to KLM flights through LAX’s hydrant system. This offtake agreement is made possible through the partners involved in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme and the surcharge they contribute to make alternative jet fuel the same price as conventional jet fuel.

Further information on the KLM, AltAir, and SkyNRG agreement can be found here.

Gevo, Inc. Signs Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa For Future Alternative Jet Fuel Supply

7 September 2016 – Gevo, Inc. recently entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply up to 8 million gallons per year or up to 40 million gallons of alcohol-to-jet alternative jet fuel over the course of a 5-year offtake agreement. The fuel would be supplied by Gevo’s commercial hydrocarbon facility, which will be built in Luverne, Minnesota. The non-binding heads of agreement is expected to lead to the signing of an official offtake agreement between the two companies in the next few months. This will be the first commercial offtake agreement for ATJ fuels.

For more information, see the Gevo, Inc. press release.

Fulcrum BioEnergy Expands Plans to Produce Alternative Jet Fuel from Municipal Solid Waste

9 September 2016 – Fulcrum BioEnergy, which received funding under the Defense Production Act and from USDA to commercialize its process to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into alternative jet fuel, has released plans to expand from its first commercial facility to achieve seven additional MSW-to-biofuel facilities in the next six years. The initial facility, to be named the Sierra BioFuels Plant, will have a production capacity of up to 11 million gallons of fuel per year, and will be completed in late 2018. The additional facilities will be significantly larger – between three and six times the size – and together with the initial facility will total approximately 300 million gallons of annual capacity for diesel and jet fuel in 2022. Fulcrum is currently identifying the locations of the additional facilities.

Notably, two airlines, Cathay Pacific and United, already have jet fuel supply agreements with the company, and Waste Management and Waste Connections, Inc. have contracts in place with Fulcrum to provide waste for the fuel production.

For more information about Fulcrum and its fuel production, see the Fulcrum website and featured article in Business Weekly.

Advanced Biofuels USA Receives USDA Grant for Beet-to-Jetfuel Feasibility Project

9 September 2016 – Advanced Biofuels USA was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grant for $16,893 to study the feasibility of producing alternative jet fuel from energy beets on the Eastern Shore of Maryland based on a project by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Purdue University, and Maryland small businesses.

The study’s objective is to assess whether the UMES energy beet pilot crop and commercial simulations of the production process produce enough yield and supply-chain advantages to justify substantial investments in commercialization. In addition, UMES will study the feasibility of using beet-to-jetfuel co-products to provide economic benefits to rural communities on the Eastern Shore and provide cost-effective uptake of legacy phosphates in soil that otherwise would lead to high nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay. Other coproducts include the use of using remnant proteins as a high-value animal feed. Finally, the project will examine results in the context of priorities listed in the Federal Alternative Jet Fuel R&D Strategy, including rural development, job creation and profit opportunities, and cost-effective nutrient remediation.

For more information on the project, see the Advanced Biofuels USA press release.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LanzaTech Produce Renewable Jet Fuel from Industrial Waste Gas

31 August 2016 – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and LanzaTech are on the fast track to developing a technology that produces renewable jet fuel from industrial waste gas. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, development of this new technology provides a solution to industrial waste management while offering more options for renewable jet fuel production. Recently, the PNNL and LanzaTech team achieved a monumental breakthrough in the production process through their production of over five gallons of renewable jet fuel, specifically synthetic paraffinic kerosene, using the technology in a laboratory environment. To produce renewable jet fuel using industrial waste, carbon-rich gases are captured and fed to microbes to consume the gas and produce ethanol. The resulting ethanol is then further refined to create renewable jet fuel that meets the same specifications as conventional jet fuel.

The next step in finalizing the technology is to successfully produce renewable jet fuel in a biorefinery in Georgia where the team can test its production in larger batches, with a goal of producing 2,000 gallons of fuel. For more information on the technology and its use in the production of renewable jet fuel, see the DOE announcement.

DOE Announces Funding for Three DOE MEGA-BIO Projects: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

5 August 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced up to $11.3 million in funding for three projects under the MEGA-BIO funding opportunity on August 2, 2016. These three projects, which include initiatives that will be conducted by the Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan; Amyris, Inc. in Emeryville, California; and Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, will support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon pathways for biofuel production. Specifically, the funding will go towards developing new strategies for biorefineries, including chemicals and products manufacturing. Other entities involved in the projects include long-time CAAFI collaborators, including LanzaTech, Renmatix, Total New Energies, and others. For more information on the funded projects, refer to the DOE announcement.

U.S. Federal Government Releases Federal Alternative Jet Fuels R&D Strategy

28 July 2016 - Today, the White House released the Federal Alternative Jet Fuels Research and Development (R&D) Strategy (FAJFS), mapping out a unified federal plan to advance R&D as well as science and technology solutions to support deployment of alternative jet fuels (AJFs) in both civil and military aviation. The strategy provides a prioritized list of R&D goals and objectives addressing specific scientific, technical, analytical, and logistics challenges that hinder the development, production, and wide-scale economic deployment of AJFs. In releasing the FAJFS, the federal government hopes to accelerate the development of the AJF industry by minimizing technical uncertainty to encourage further private sector interest, facilitate the development and approval of new AJF pathways, and reduce the cost of AJF production in the United States.

View/download the CAAFI press release.

National Academies of Sciences Releases Commercial Aviation CO2 Reduction Technology Report

22 July 2016 – The National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering and Medicine released a report, commissioned by NASA, entitled Commercial Aircraft Propulsion and Energy Systems Research, that focuses on propulsion and energy technology needs for reducing carbon emissions from large, commercial aircraft.

NAS organized a committee to identify innovative technology solutions that could significantly mitigate the CO2 contributions from commercial flight over the next 30 years. The committee identified a need to focus on 12 high impact solutions that fell into four general categories: 1) aircraft propulsion integration; 2) aircraft gas turbine engine improvements; 3) development of turbo-electric propulsion systems; and 4) alternative jet fuel commercialization. The report also stresses that in order to have an immediate impact on CO2 emissions reductions in aviation, drop-in alternative jet fuels must continue to be deployed in commercial flights. CAAFI Executive Director Steve Csonka was a participant in the panel of cross-industry experts who comprised the NAS team, and was a contributor to the report.

Download the full NAS report here.

Boeing’s 100th Anniversary Coincides with Africa’s First Commercial Flights Powered by Alternative Jet Fuel

15 July 2016—On Boeing’s 100th anniversary, the South African Airways and Mango flights flew Boeing’s 737-800 carrying 300 passengers from Johannesburg to Cape Town using a 30 percent blend of alternative jet fuel produced from SunChem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. The partners also launched their Southern Africa Sustainable Fuel Initiative (SASFI) sustainability plan to ensure long-term alternative jet fuel supply for South African Airways and other regional carriers. The goal is to scale production of the sustainable fuel to enable local farmers to tap into local and global demand. In 2015, farms in South Africa where the feedstock is sourced achieved certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).

Read the SkyNRG Press Release and Boeing Press Releasefor more information.

9th Annual DOE Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation Conference & 2016 Billion-Ton Report Rollout

14 July 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Clean Energy Research and Education Foundation, is currently hosting its 9th annual Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation Conference in Washington, DC, from July 12-14, 2016. The conference focuses on current and future feedstock production opportunities and breakthrough technology innovations with the potential to advance the nation’s bioeconomy, and hosts participants and attendees from Congress, national labs, academia, and the bioenergy and financial industries.

On Wednesday, July 12, DOE hosted a breakout session on “Launching Renewable Aviation Fuels” featuring CAAFI’s Executive Director, Steve Csonka, and CAAFI’s Strategy and Implementation Advisor, Nate Brown (FAA), as well as long-time CAAFI participants Chris Tindal (Navy) and Brent Sherbacow (AltAir Fuels), and moderated by DOE’s Borka Kostova.

In addition to other exciting announcements and discussions at the conference, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office announced the release of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report: Advancing Domestic Resources for a Thriving Bioeconomy. This is the 3rd report in a series of reports developed by DOE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to inform the public of the current estimated biomass supply in the United States. Specifically, the report estimates that the United States has the potential to annually and sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of biomass resources from non-food sources by 2040. New additions to the report include information on the potential algae, other energy crop, and municipal solid waste supplies for biomass production.

For more information on the Bioenergy 2016 conference and its sessions, see the conference website here. Find the full 2016 Billion-Ton report here.

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