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DOE Announces $15 Million Funding Opportunity for Algal Biomass Projects


15 January 2016 – The Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO) Advanced Algal Systems Program under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a $15 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) today for projects that will advance the development of algal biofuel production technologies. The resulting algal biofuel intermediates are important in that they can be refined into liquid transportation fuels, including jet fuel.

Eligible projects must be likely to meet an annualized average production quota of 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre by 2020. This quota may be met through multiple batches or on a semi-continuous or continuous basis. The minimum accepted baseline yield per year is 1,900 gallons per acre.

FOA applicants must address one of the following research priority areas for consideration:

• Strain or productivity improvement
• Improvements in pre-processing technologies (harvesting, dewatering, and extraction or equivalent processes)
• Integration of cultivation with pre-processing technologies

Find more information on the FOA here and here

Virent Bio-Jet Fuel Emits 50 Percent Less Particulate Matter than Conventional Jet Fuel while Maintaining Engine Performance


6 January 2016 – Rolls-Royce’s recent testing of the Virent BioForm® Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) fuel blend showed greater than 50 percent reductions in particulate matter (PM) compared to conventional jet fuel. The tests were conducted in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program. PM minimization is sought to reduce the environmental and health effects of jet fuel combustion.

Internationally, the United Nation’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is leading the policy charge to reduce PM and greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector. Based on this testing result, Virent’s SAK fuel blend supports this effort. The company will pursue further testing with external parties as part of the ASTM certification process.

For more information on Virent’s BioForm® SAK fuel blend and its emissions advantages over conventional jet fuel, see Virent’s press release.

U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology find CBTL Reduces Carbon Intensity over Petroleum-Based Jet Fuels


22 December 2015 – The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released the results of a study on the commercial viability, technical feasibility, and environmental compliance potential of Coal-and-Biomass-to-Liquid (CBTL) jet fuel.

In the study, 150 solid coal and biomass feedstocks underwent exhaustive gasification testing and analysis at five partner and on-site facility locations. Results found that all 150 mixed coal/biomass feedstocks returned carbon dioxide (CO2) footprints below the petroleum baseline for blended jet fuel. Researchers found that increasing the percentage of biomass of a given feedstock in the fuel decreased the CO2 footprint proportionally. In terms of cost, CBTL is estimated to have a required selling price of $134 to $170 per barrel.

Overall, the study offers insight on the viability of CBTL and provides a substantial starting block for future CBTL research and commercialization.

Find more information on the study and factors that may improve the commercial viability of CBTL here.

DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Biomass to Hydrocarbon Biofuel R&D


22 December 2015 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a notice of intent today to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the research and development (R&D) of projects that advance the production of biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels.

Entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels,” this FOA will support the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goal to meet a cost target of $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent of hydrocarbon fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. Funding for biomass to hydrocarbon biofuel R&D must include a fuel production component on top of any value-added chemical production. The goal of the FOA will be to incentivize and increase the production of biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels based on external factors, such as market demand.

For more information on the FOA and its expected release in 2016, refer to the NOI

DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity for Algal Biomass Projects


22 December 2015 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a notice of intent today to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for projects that will advance the development of algal biofuel production technologies.

Entitled “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY, Phase 2),” this FOA will support projects to advance algal biofuel production technologies that meet an annualized average production quota of 3,700 gallons of algal biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre.

FOA applicants must address one of the following research priority areas for consideration:

• Strain or productivity improvement
• Improvements in pre-processing technologies (harvesting, dewatering, and extraction or equivalent processes)
• Integration of cultivation with pre-processing technologies

For more information on the FOA and its expected release in 2016, refer to the NOI

Washington State University Tri-Cities Produces Jet Fuel from Wood By-Product


10 December 2015 – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSU) have identified a way to convert lignin, a common wood by-product, into the same hydrocarbons that make up standard jet fuel. According to the International Lignin Institute, lignin is the second most common renewable carbon source on the planet, after cellulose.

This new procedure, developed by Dr. Bin Yang, WSU, uses a single reactor to convert lignin into an ASTM certified hydrocarbon product using catalysts and fuel purification and separation techniques. Once produced, lignin-based biofuel must be combined with petroleum-based fuel to meet ASTM jet fuel specifications. WSU is currently working with Boeing to test this new procedure in commercial jets.

Find more information on WSU and its newly patented lignin to jet-fuel procedure here.

Sea-Tac, Alaska Airlines, and Boeing MOU will Assess Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility


16 December 2015 – Today, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alaska Airlines and Boeing to launch a $250,000 Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study, becoming the first U.S. airport to outline a long-term and cost effective alternative jet fuel plan.

The study will assess cost and infrastructure needs for the full-scale delivery and use of alternative jet fuel blends at Sea-Tac, further propelling the airport towards its long-term goal to power all flights in and out of the airport with sustainable jet fuel.

"As leaders in aviation biofuels, this will send a signal to airlines and biofuel producers that Sea-Tac Airport will be ready to integrate commercial-scale use of aviation biofuels," said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton, who oversees Sea-Tac operations.

In the future, Sea-Tac plans to use study results to incorporate significant volumes of alternative jet fuel into its fueling infrastructure, used by all 26 airlines at the airport.

Read more about the Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines, and Boeing’s new alternative jet fuel partnership here.

CAAFI R&D Team Kicks-Off Third SOAP-Jet Webinar Series Focusing on Regional Perspectives and Challenges


3 November 2015 – On October 9th, Mike Wolcott (WSU/NARA/ASCENT) presented “NARA: Envisioning Alternative Aviation Fuel Supply Chains for the Northwest” to kickoff the third webinar series of Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet focused on regional perspectives on alternative jet fuel development and deployment, concentrating on current activities, approaches to supply chain integration, and regional challenges. Over 40 CAAFI members attended.

The presentation can be downloaded here.

The team is now working on the definition of the next presentations in this series.

CAAFI/ABRETF to increase partnership under FAA & Indonesian DGCA Agreement for Development and Use of Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels


27 October 2015 – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) signed an agreement on October 23, 2015 to promote collaboration in the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines research and development goals in alternative aviation fuels, energy conservation, environmental protection and sustainable aviation growth, critical information and personnel exchange, strengthened capacity-building, and the sharing of best practices.

The agreement provides new opportunities for partnership between CAAFI and the Indonesia Aviation Biofuels and Renewable Energy Task Force (ABRETF).
Further details can be found in the FAA news release here.

VT Partnership Creates Renewable Jet Fuel Opportunity from Farm Waste


24 Sept 2015 – Green Mountain Power and Nordic Farm have recently formed a pilot program through GSR Solutions to use farm waste for production of middle distillate fuels including jet fuel, home heating, and diesel. In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, CAAFI has been working to foster this project, and others like it, as part of its Farm-to-Fly 2.0 efforts.

The 300 cows at Nordic Farm produce a waste stream that is sufficient to enable production of 20-30,000 gallons per year of renewable fuels. The conversion of these waste streams to fuels can assist farmers with waste management logistics, and protect waterways by reducing nutrient-rich runoff into lakes and streams.

President and Chief Executive Office of Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell says, “It adds another dimension to our work to transform how energy is delivered to our customers by partnering with others on creative solutions that meet our energy needs and help the environment” and Owner and Nordic Farm and President of Vermont Farm Bureau Clark Hinsdale says, “this could be a tremendous step forward for water quality here in Vermont and a transformational national model for farmers.”

Media coverage from several local organizations are found below:

WCAX Affiliate
Burlington Free Press
My Champlain Valley
Conservation Law Foundation



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