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CAAFI Welcomes DOE to Farm to Fly 2.0

15 August 2014--At the recent BIOMASS 2014 conference, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson of the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that DOE will join Farm to Fly 2.0, the second phase of an ongoing effort initiated by CAAFI and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promote the deployment and use of homegrown drop-in alternative aviation fuels. DOE has a longstanding interest in the development of biofuels and other alternative fuels, and their participation in Farm to Fly 2.0 further solidifies that interest and support. Their commitment to Farm to Fly 2.0 greatly strengthens the alternative aviation fuel initiative. Read more about the recent announcement on the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy blog.

GOL First to Fly Commercially on Amyris-Total Jet Fuel

8 August 2014--Last week on July 30, 2014, Brazilian airline, GOL, made the first commercial flight with the newly ASTM-certified, Amyris-Total alternative aviation fuel. GOL’s Boeing 737 flew from Orlando, Florida to Sao Paulo, Brazil with a blend of Amyris-Total’s farnesane, which can improve local air quality near airports and cities by reducing particulate matter emissions. Additionally, farnesane can achieve an 80% greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction relative to petroleum fuels. At this time, farnesane can be blended up to 10% with conventional jet fuel. For more information about the flight, see the press release and video on Amyris’ website.

CAAFI Welcomes Two New Team Leads

24 July 2014--CAAFI welcomes Rob Myrben (A4A - Airlines for America) as co-chair of the CAAFI Business Team, and Gurhan Andac (GE Aviation) as tri-chair of the CAAFI R&D Team (see their bios on the Leadership page). CAAFI would like to thank the departing R&D Team tri-chair lead Mike Epstein of GE Aviation for all his contributions over the past several years. CAAFI is also thankful to John Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist at A4A, for co-chairing the Business Team for the past two years. John continues to recognize the growing importance of airline engagement in the alternative fuels space, and was key in creating the new role at A4A (Senior Managing Director – Fuel Optimization) that enables Rob Myrben to provide enhanced focus and leadership to the CAAFI Business Team. John remains an engaged thought-leader for CAAFI through his participation with the CAAFI Steering Group.

“Farm to Fly 2.0” State Initiatives Making Progress

14 July 2014--The first half of 2014 was a period of significant successes on the East Coast relating to the "Farm to Fly 2.0" (F2F2) initiative, an agreement between the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue to work together to advance the use of renewable fuels in the aviation industry. Three projects in Vermont and South Carolina have received particular media attention over the last week. Projects in both states are funded by the USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG).

In Vermont, GSR Solutions President Anju Dahiya and her team released the RBEG outcomes of a fuel conversion project at a dairy farm site—Nordic Farms—in Charlotte, Vermont. The results were announced to USDA, State Government and local business officials at a team meeting and press event on July 9. Feasibility study outcomes demonstrated positive yields for dairy and beer brewery waste-fed heterotrophic and mixotrophic algal biofuel compared to current production baselines. In addition, the process showed the potential for positive energy balance and the production of important granular time release nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer as a co-product to fight the local water pollution problems caused by liquid fertilizer runoff. Plans to move the project into a pilot phase were also released. The event was covered by the local NBC affiliate, the VT Digger, and Vermont Public Radio.

In addition, two South Carolina projects recently received RBEGs to assess the feasibility of woody biomass based biofuels (in Clarendon County) and algae based biofuels (in Colleton County). The acceptance of these two projects was publicized in a July 9 announcement. Both projects are centered on South Carolina's I-95 corridor, a major target for economic development.

What do the World Cup and alternative aviation fuels have in common?

11 July 2014--They are both happening in Brazil this year! The World Cup may be coming to a close this weekend, but the excitement around alternative aviation fuels is not. The Brazilian national team has made headlines in the aviation community over the past month because of the team’s travel from one game to the next. They have been flying with Brazilian airline, GOL, on green jet fuel that was supplied by Honeywell UOP (read more here). In other recent Honeywell UOP news, the company announced that its technology was selected by Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce 500,000 metric tons of green fuel per year at the anticipated Petrixo biorefinery in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

Back to Brazil, Amyris—the producer of the new ASTM-certified, SIP fuel—announced earlier in the week that GOL Airlines will be the first to fly on a blend of their fuel from the United States to Brazil later this month. Read the full article here.

Department of Energy Offering $4B in Renewable Energy Support

7 July 2014--The DOE, looking to build on past successes enabled by their Loan Programs Office, has announced a new wave of funding for potential loan guarantees. The Department will focus on projects which include Advanced Grid Integration & Storage, Drop-In Biofuels, Waste-to-Energy, Enhancement of Existing Facilities, and Efficiency Improvement (described in further detail in Loan Programs Office press release). The first part of the application will be due on October 1, 2014. Those interested in learning more about the opportunity can visit the Renewable Energy & Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation page.

Interview with Steve Csonka on Airplane Geeks Podcast

2 July 2014--Airplane Geeks Podcast just released its 305th podcast, which features an interview with CAAFI Executive Director, Steve Csonka. The segment covers the work effort of the CAAFI coalition, and the progress, logistics and challenges related to alternative aviation fuels. Listen to the podcast here.

Farm-to-Fleet Solicitation Posted on FedBizOpps (July 9 Deadline)

10 June 2014--The U.S. Navy recently posted their Farm-to-Fleet Inland/East/Gulf Coast Solicitation for the April 2015-March 2016 fuel deliveries on the FedBizOpps website. Through this solicitation, the Navy is seeking at least 37.8 million gallons of drop-in JP-5 and F-76 biofuels from currently approved pathways (i.e., HEFA and FT). Interested vendors must submit their bids by July 9, 2014. The specific solicitation (SP060014R0061) is found here.

USDA BCAP Program Accepting Funding Applications until 7/14/14

9 June 2014--Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that facilities seeking to generate clean energy from forest or agricultural residues can apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture funding starting on June 16, 2014, and up until July 14, 2014. The continuation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, was enabled by the 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed in February 2014. Read more of the details in the USDA press release and learn more about BCAP at USDA’s BCAP page.

ORNL presents at CAAFI’s 4th SOAP-JET Webinar (5/30)

4 June 2014--On Friday May 30, the CAAFI R&D Team held its fourth webinar in the Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum – Jet (SOAP-Jet) series focused on recipients of the US DOE’s Carbon, Hydrogen, and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways) grants. The SOAP-Jet webinars are intended to provide a forum for information sharing and member participation in cutting edge R&D topics relating to alternative jet fuels. In Friday’s webinar, Dr. Abhijeet Borole of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and his team of scientists across multiple research institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Tennessee- Knoxville, OmniTech International, and FuelCellsEtc., presented about their project, “Renewable Hydrogen Production from Biomass Pyrolysis Aqueous Phase.”

To access the slide deck from the May 30 SOAP-Jet webinar, follow:
Link to 4th SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series
The presentations from the previous SOAP-Jet webinars are also provided at the following locations:
Link to 3rd SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series
Link to 2nd SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series
Link to 1st SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series

Information about the next SOAP-Jet series will be released shortly. Do not hesitate to share your ideas for future SOAP-Jet webinars with CAAFI Head Research and Technical Advisor Kristin Lewis (

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